To Louis XIV, the Great.
Oh great Sun King, I write to you today to implore you to come to your servant’s aid. We have been set upon by pirates! My king, their numbers were vast, as they boldly sailed into the harbor of Port Royal, and attacked my patrol ship, Le Marquis. The cowards left one survivor, a sailor named René Petit. They did not even have the decency to spare the officer on board. After being put in the stocks for his cowardice, the sailor reported that the vicious crew were nearly twenty strong and fired canons with accuracy like the Devil himself was guiding their aim.
Your majesty, I implore you to send more aid to St. Vincent to support us in this time of terrible travail.
Vicomte Jules de Cissey, Governor of St. Vincent