We have been favoured, in our Voyage hitherto, beyond my utmost Expectations. We have
enjoyed a Succession of favourable Winds and Weather, from the Time of our leaving
L'orient to this Moment.
The Discipline, on Board this Ship, is a constant Subject of Speculation to me. I
have seen no Punishments inflicted, no Blows struck, nor heard scarcely an Angry Word
spoken, from the Captain to any of his officers, or from any of the officers to the
Men. They live together in greater Intimacy and Familiarity than any Family I ever
saw. The Galliard or Quarter Deck, seems to be as open to the foremast Men as the
Captain. Captain, all other Officers, the Ambassador, his Train, Common Sailors, and
domestic Servants are all walking upon Deck, and sitting round upon Seats on it, upon
a footing of perfect Equality that is not seen in one of our Country Town Meetings
in America. I never saw so much Equality and Levelling in any Society, whatever. Strange
Contrast to a British, or even an American Frigate. Landais is a great Mogul, in Comparison
One of the Officers have favoured me with the following
Etat Major, De la Fregate du Roy la Sensible.
|Bidè de Chavaigne, Capitaine de Vaisseaux Commandant la Fregate.
|Le Chevalier de Goabriant [Goësbriand], Enseigne de Vaisseaux
||Lieutenant de Fregate pour la Campagne.
|Le Chevalier D'Arriardant.
|Le Chevalier de Pincaire.
| Du Breville.
Garde la Marine
|Le Chevalier de Guerivierre.
|La Roche de St. Andrè.
| Bergèrac Chirurgien Major.
|Le Pere Usem Capucin et Aumonier.1
The Diversions on Board the Ship are very curious. The Officers and Men sing and dance
in a Ring round the Capstain,2
on the Quarter deck, in fine Weather. The Men are in Parties at Cards in all Parts
of the Ship.