Reply To: Lt. John Lindsay of HMS Trent (1759-1763), the father of Dido Belle

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Nicholas Blake
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    27 November reads (contractions expanded): “Ditto weather. AM Detained a Spanish sloop for Jamaica to Legan with [ie carrying] wine and flower [flour].”
    28 November: “Ditto weather. PM Spoke [ie stopped and talked to] the General Wolfe a letter of marque ship [private ship licensed to capture ships of a named enemy country] from Jamaica to London. AM Discharged the Spanish sloop.” Note for AM and PM, the ship’s day started at noon, and was half a day in arrears of the civil day.

    If Maria Belle was taken on board as a slave belonging to a foreigner she would have been treated as free and given a berth somewhere below, and probably put to use on board with cleaning and similar duties; she should appear on the “borne for victuals” list.