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s, where he purchased a fine, fast-sailing, English-built cutter, and had her carried across to Dunkirk.
Here she was privately equipped as a cruiser, and named the Surprise. To the command of this any other that was ever issued by the same authority.
Having obtained his officers and crew at Dunkirk, Captain Conyngham sailed on a cruise about the 1st of May, and on the 4th he took a brig calles her crew enlisted there; whilst the Surprise was not only privately equipped as a cruiser, at Dunkirk, a port of France, then at peace with England—for France had not yet joined the Colonies in theurprise became known to the Commissioners, they dispatched one of their agents, a Mr. Hodge, to Dunkirk, where he purchased another cutter, which was fitted with all dispatch, as a cruiser, as the Sus and Countess of Scarborough.
Mr. Cooper thus describes the crew of Jones' ship, picked up at Dunkirk, or Nantes, or some of the other French ports:—
To manage a vessel of this singular armame