King's letter to Captain Smith
King's letter authorizing Captain Smith, English ship commander, to order under the French flag a vessel plying the slave trade, without receiving act of reception, recorded on March 17, 1787. Register paper.
Following the request of Mr. Barber, owner at Le Havre, the King – in his letter dated 4 March in Versailles – grants permission to Captain Smith, English nationality, controlling the ship “the five cousins” under the French flag, without having to comply with reception. The context is relatively peaceful, since the commercial Treaty had been signed the year before. It is also a recognition of English skills at sea, hiring an English captain under the French flag.
Fund of le Havre’s Admiralty
21.5 x 33 cm
Archives départementales de Seine – Maritime
216 BP 417
Early modern Period
Maritime and Trade Links
Rouen – Archives Départementales