Charles-Eugène-Gabriel, maréchal de Castries papers  1722-1814
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This log book contains daily reports for a French ship that sailed between the Caribbean and Europe, and around the Mediterranean in the 1730s. The book is preceded by the following statement: "Au nom de dieu soit fait a journal teneu par le St. francois pied noir..."

The bulk of the volume, around 400 pages, consists of daily log entries for voyages between April 1731 and January 1737, written by St. François, "pied noir" [black foot]. Most entries include reports on the weather, winds, and the ship's position. The ship called at Cadiz, Marseille, and St. Malo, among other ports.

The final pages are comprised of additional notes and instructions, such as a list of items sold in Cadiz, an illustrated method for calculating a building's height, and instructions for melting metal and producing gunpowder. An ink drawing of a flower appears on an early page. The volume contains the bookplate of Robert R. Dearden.

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