a vindication of edmund randolph

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Capt. Caleb Gardner, who acted as pilot to the Medusa, having returned to Newport, brought me from Mr. Fauchet a letter, of which the following is a translation. On board of the Medusa. 15 Fruetidor, in the 3d yecer. JOSEPH FAUCHET TO ME. KANDOLPH. Sir, I have just transmitted to Citizen Adet, the minister of the Republic in Philadelphia, the packet which I destined for you. He will send you a certified copy of my letter, with which, I hope, you will be satisfied. Accept my esteem, JOSEPH FAUCHET. The painful embarrassment, which the sadden sailing of the Medusa had occasioned to me, induced me to request from Capt. Gardner a statement of the facts, relative thereto; and he gave me this certificate. This is to certify that Thursday morning, September 1st, at 8 o'clock; the weather being very stormy, and a very large sea, the British ship Africa, was obliged to leave her station at the light-house, and- go into the Naraganset bay : in consequence of which Capt. Simeon, of the frigate Medusa, sent for the subscriber to embrace this opportunity to go to sea: at the same time sent for the ambassador, Mr. Fauchet, and all the passengers, at 9 o'clock. They could not get on board until 11 o'clock. From 9 o'clock until that time, the ship was short a peak; still detained for the passengers. In six minutes after they came on board we cut our cable and went to sea; leaving Mr. Provost on shore, one of the passengers. The weather was so foggy, that very often we could not see the land in beating the ship out of the harbor. Mr. Fauchet, all the time the subscriber was on board, which was until half past one o'clock, was in the cabin writing. The British ship Africa, came to sail two hours after the Medusa was at sea. Newport, Sept. 2, 1795. CALEB GARDNER. N. B. The...
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