A Privateer Chase by the ship Duke of Kent described in an August
At 3 P.M., the 8th Discovered a Sail a Running
down. at 4 she discovered us, hall'd his wind and
ran for the land. I immediately gave Chase, and gave
him a gun, found him to be an armed Brig. it came
on dark. we lost Sight of him. at 9 P.M. being
clost in with the land, Discovered a Sail and
Supposing it to be the Brig, Gave Chase, and
prepared for action. at 10 came within hail. She
not giving a direct answer, I gave her a shot, She
Steering for the land, and it being Very dark, and
within half a mile of the Land, I Sheared clost Along
Side of him, and ordered him to ware immediately, or
else I would Give him another shot, and Sink him.
he then Wore Round, and stood out from the Land.
I sent my boat on board, took charge of him, and
brought the Capt. on board.
Source: Letter Thomas Parker to Joseph Barss,
Snow Parker & Simeon Perkins, Aug. 12, 1799.
National Archives of Canada MG 23 J17
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