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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 9, 2019 at 13:18

Capt William Drysdale late of the ship William and Alfred captured January 2 1815 by the brig Harpy returns his grateful acknowledgement to William Nicholls Esq commander of the said brig and all his officers for their great civility indulgent lenity and humane usage while on board and generously delivering up all his private property And should at any future time Captain Nichols or any of his officers come to London Captain Drysdale will be happy to see them at his house Stepney Green near London Given under my hand on board the Harpy at sea this day January 6 1815. [1]

This testimonial was endorsed by other ship masters on board the Harpy as follows We the undersigned feeling congenial sentiments with Captain Drysdale towards Captain Nichols Lieutenant Place and the officers on board the Harpy and desirous that such humanity and goodness may be made public as well in the United States as in England declare that our treatment is worthy of every praise and encomium and that all our private property has been held sacred to us and a cartel fitted for us as early as circumstances would permit George Harrison W Newell JW Hall Andrew McCarthy late masters of vessels taken by the Harpy [2]

[1] History of American Privateers Maclay p 460
[2] History of American Privateers Maclay p 461

Comment by William Douglas on May 30, 2019 at 20:07
Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 30, 2019 at 9:13

Roger Steves

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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