Catalogue description Folios 40-41. Newsletter addressed to Sir Joseph Williamson. Letters from Jamaica give...

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Details of SP 32/8/24
Reference: SP 32/8/24
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Folios 40-41. Newsletter addressed to Sir Joseph Williamson. Letters from Jamaica give an account that ?Vice Admiral [John] Neville [Nevell] has taken Petit Guavos [Petit-GoĆ¢ve, Haiti], and that all men fell immediately to plunder; in the disorder the town was set on fire and burnt, by which means they lost a great deal of booty. Upon the appearance of the fleet, the French were in such a fright and consternation that they abandoned the place; the men made such haste to land that Mr de Casse [Jean-Baptiste du Casse or Ducasse], the governor, had much ado to escape. 'This is of very great advantage to Jamaica', Petit Guavos being a nest for buckaneers and freebooters, who did much inconvenience to Jamaica'. They also have news from Ireland, touching the poll tax bill, the duties on tobacco, wine and linnen, the building of barracks for the soldiers and the providing of other public services. Vice Admiral [Matthew] Aylmer continues with his squadron at Corke, and Vice Admiral [David] Mitchell is at Torbay. Lord [Charles, Baron] Mohun and Mr Hill, a lieutenant in the guards, quarrelled in a tavern a few nights ago; Hill was very much wounded, and has died.

Date: 1697 Sept 17
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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