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Capture & Retaking of the Alert

On Thursday evening and yesterday several vessels arrived here from Philadelphia, they are a part of the fleet of thirty sail of vessels, which left the river Delaware last Monday se’nnight, they bring the following accounts;

The schooner Alert, Capt. Daniel MOORE, had been taken off Reedy-Island by some rebel gallies;

the passengers and principal property were immediately landed at Wilmington;

the vessel was in three hours fitted out, and presently took and destroyed by fire, two vessels from Rhode-Island, laden with hay.

Soon afterwards, Sir James WALLACE, in his Majesty’s ship Experiment hove in sight, pursued, and re-took the Alert, but the rebels had prepared combustibles in the cabin to set her on fire, which from the briskness of the Experiment’s people, was prevented.

There were on board the Alert, Mrs. WELLINGTON, Mrs. SPROULE, and her family, Lieut. STRATTON, of the Royal Corps of Engineers, and a number of artificers in that department.

We are informed that most kinds of provisions were plentiful, that all the foraging parties of the Royal army had proved very successful, they not having lost more than 12 men killed and wounded, during their several excursions.

The Royal Gazette, (New York), March 21, 1778.

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