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Documents relating to Commander John Wesley Wright (1769-1805) Part II

Posted by Paul Martinovich, on April 19th, 2018

Abstract

Documents relating to one of the most controversial episodes in Britain’s relationship with Emperor Napoleon of France form the basis of this intriguing article.  The British Naval officer Commander John Wesley Wright had been captured by the French whilst serving as captain of HMS Vincejo, and was incarcerated in the notorious Temple Prison in Paris.  On 27 October 1805, nearly a week after the British triumph at Trafalgar, Commander Wright was found dead in his cell with his throat cut, with his French gaolers claiming suicide as the cause of death. The circumstances regarding his death were never fully revealed, although it is known that Wright was involved in espionage activity against Napoleon prior to his capture and imprisonment.  Part 2 of this account is includes a letter written by Commander Wright that provides a detailed description regarding the action that resulted in the capture of Vincejo. The report includes casualty figures and information on enemy forces encountered, as well as mentioning those officers by name who distinguished themselves during the engagement on 27 October 1805.

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