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Date Posted: 10:24:02 12/22/15 Tue
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: "letandue" in l'Étanduère letter
In reply to: gauthard 's message, "Re: "letandue" in l'Étanduère letter" on 11:03:13 12/18/15 Fri

>hello,Albert Parker
>
>A mon avis ,il s'agit du mot étendue qui signifie un
>espace ou une distance entre deux points
>dans le texte ,il faut trouver la zone non surveillée
>par l'ennemie dans un espace de 50 à 60 lieues.
>correction autres mots du texte:
>paroit = parait
>autuor = autour
>eue = vue
>sonts = sont
>étandus = étendus
>les ans = les uns
>laissant la flotte de l'arrière = laissant la flotte à
>l'arrière
>faudroit = faudrait
>joine = jointe
>seroit = serait
>rendezvous = rendez vous
>
>voila, je pense que le texte sera plus compréhensible
>bye Serge

Serge,

Merci pour votre corrections. Admiral Duplomb kept Étanduère's spelling and perhaps sometimes misread Étanduère's handwriting (e.g., "ans" for "uns"). "-oit" > "-ait" became standard later (après la Revolution?), but perhaps Étanduère had gone to sea before he could perfect his knowledge of late 17th-century French spelling.

In the letter, Étanduère recognizes the need of the Antilles for his convoy but correctly points out that its interception and loss wouldn't help anyone: “Si le retardement du départ, sera préjudicable au comerce et aux colonies qui en ont grand besoin, la perte dudit convoy serait encore un plus grand mal.”

Of course, Maurepas did not accept Étanduère's recommendation to delay his sailing, and exactly what the admiral feared happened: on October 14/25 there was daylight long enough for Hawke to find the convoy.

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