Intelligence report on not allowing ships commissioned by Charles II to sell prizes in French ports during his exile.- Foster (Nicholas, Captain of the Phoenix Frigate) Intelligence report to Admiral Robert Sansum concerning ships commissioned by Charles II selling prizes in French ports, manuscript, 1p. with red wax seal, 240 x 180mm., "Phenix Frigitt", off the coast of France, 8th July 1654, "In pursuance of former orders wayted the past night for a gale to have gone over to the other side; but had now till sixe of the clock this morning at which time the Phenix: Pearle and Martin way'd and stoud over upon a winde to forth to the westward of Callis... . They stoud in and run ashore under their fortes; and att high watter having much help, got them of and into harbor where they now are, there was viz. The Ryall. Eagell. and a shallop with twoo guns; they have four shallops more aboard who soul is a hollander yesterday loaded with salts from Toulis [all is fish that cums to net with them] It suppose they have Charles his Commission as well as others", small tear where opened, folds, browned and soiled.
⁂ An interesting letter concerning ships commissioned by the exiled Charles II operating off the coasts of France and Holland, and a potential source of disruption to the Commonwealth government.
Sansum, Robert (c. 1626-1665), naval officer.