142 | To Jeffery Amherst

    Castle William Aug 1 1762.


    The Brig Neptune Cockran Master563 is just arrived; who informs that He left Halifax last Monday:564 that they were strengthening themselves there but did not expect a Visit from the french; as there was certain advice that the latter were fortifying themselves at St Johns with additional Works both to the Sea & the land. That the french fleet came from Brest consisted of a 70 gun a 64 a 44 a 24 & another frigate, which latter was dispatched for France. There are, on the best reckoning, 1600 french regulars. There was on board this Brig, a Man who was at St Johns 6 days after it was taken. I have orderd his information to be taken & shall inclose it with this. There is an officer coming express to you in a Sloop, which is not yet arrived; but may be expected to morrow.

    I am, with great regard, Sr Your most obedient & most humble Servant

    Fra. Bernard

    His Excellency Sr Jeffry Amherst.


    Since I have wrote this another Ship is come in the information of whose Master I inclose.

    ALS, RC WO 34/26, f 187.