King's letter to Captain Smith

Historical Background

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 cousinsunder 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.

  • Origin

Fund of le Havre’s Admiralty

  • Date details


  • Size

21.5 x 33 cm

  • Institution

Archives départementales de Seine – Maritime

  • Original reference

216 BP 417

  • Period

Early modern Period

  • Thematic

Maritime and Trade Links


Rouen – Archives Départementales

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