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M. de Marillac Letter Book

Identifier: MS Group 128

Scope and Content

The M. de Marillac letter book contains copies and a few autograph drafts of letters to the Comte de Pontchartrain, Secretary of State (and a few other ministers), from an officer of the Marine. Fifteen letters are from St. Malo, where the writer appears to have been Port Commandant (November 15, 1699 to January 26, 1700, 33 p.). Three letters were written from Treguiler in Brittany (May-June 1699, 3 p.). The final twenty-five letters are from Brest (one letter) and from sea (July 18, 1701 to October 4, 1702, 76 p.). The letters from July 1701 to the end of the volume describe the voyage to the West Indies of the joint Franco-Spanish squadron commanded by the Compte de Chateau-Regnaud, Vice-Admiral of France. They are written from Lisbon, Cadiz, Madeira, Martinique, Porto Rico, San Domingo, and Havana and, after returning across the Atlantic, from Vigo.


  • 1699-1702



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The writer of these letters is probably French naval officer M. de Marillac who is named as one of the two "lieutenans nommes pour le Mexique" in the letter dated July 18, 1701. The squadron the author was part of was almost totally destroyed 4 days after the date of the final letter by a British force under the command of Rooke and the Duke of Ormonde.


0.1 Linear feet (1 volume)

Language of Materials



Letter book containing copies and drafts of letters to the Comte de Pontchartrain from a French naval officer of the Marine. Includes a description of a voyage to the West Indies.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

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