|Title||Letter from Charles Mason, Portsmouth, to Charles Morton|
|Date||12 January 1761|
|Description||Describing the encounter between HMS 'Seahorse' and a French 34 gun frigate, 'L'Grand'. |
The clash, which left eleven men dead and thirty seven wounded, forced the 'Seahorse' back to Plymouth, jeopardising Mason and Dixon's chances of arriving at the planned destination of Bencoolen [Bengkulu] in Sumatra [Indonesia], in time to observe the Transit of Venus in 1761.
Mason writes to Morton: "...in my opinion it will be impossible for me to arrive in India in time to make the observation; and therefore must desire you will please by a line as soon as possible to acquaint me in what manner the council would please to have us proceed".
Fellows associated with this archive
|NA1244||Mason; Charles (c 1699 - 1771)||c 1699 - 1771|
|NA1286||Morton; Charles (1716 - 1799)||1716 - 1799|