Francis Fauquier letter to Charles Steuart, 1762 November 26
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Wms.burgh Novr. 26th. 1762
I am much obliged to you for the very particular
Acct. you have sent of the late unhappy Riot and Distu
bances at portsmouth. Such an affair is at all times
a Reflection of the Nation which commits such unlaw-
ful Outrages, and at this critical Juncture may be
attended with very disagreeable Consequences; I therefore
hope the Magistrates of Norfolk will exert themselves
to bring the offenders to Justice. I cannot suppose they
will acquit them and not sent them up for Trial, if they
should take this Step they ought to bind the offenders
over to their good Behavior. But this will be little
Satisfaction to the Spanish Commander, and I am afraid
give him but an indifferent Impression of the Jus-
tice of the Nation to Strangers.
I thank you and desire you in my name to
thank the Militia Officers and other Gentlemen of
of Norfolk and portsmouth who have shewn Humanity
and politeness to these unhappy Strangers, who have
met with a hard Fate. I have wrote to Don Pedro
My Self to offer him all assistance in my power, and
to the Mayor of Norfolk to proceed with all the rigour
the Laws will allow against the offenders.
You cannot do me greater pleasure than to shew
all acts of Civility to Don Pedro the other officers and
the young Lady. I would have you refuse payment
for the live Stock &ct. If it should be insisted upon
you may take it, as the Spanish punctilio will not
perhaps receive it on other Terms, tho I desire you
will offer it as a present from me in return for the
Wine he was so polite as to send me. I hear some
of Captain Longbottoms Crew were concerned in this
Attack on the Spaniards, if so, I do not think it
advisable they should go home in the Transport wth.
the Spaniards, as some heart burnings will surely
arise and probably cause Mischief in their passage
I am Sr.
Yr. very hum. Servt.
Fran : Fauquier
To Mr. Charles Steuart.
To Mr. Chas. Steuart
The Honble. Fras. Fauquier Esqr.
Williamsburg Novemr. 26. 1762