Letter from Rear-Adm. Lord Hood to General Jacob de Budé, thanking him for his letter and particularly for his advice to Hood's son [?], Henry, commenting on his nomination for Westminster [presumably as a MP] and his strong disinclination to stand, reporting on the good health and progress of Prince William, expressing concern over the political situation, the prospect of further war and the future lack of experienced Naval officers, and remarking on a recent reported sighting of an enemy fleet which proved instead to be a [British?] convoy en route to Jamaica.

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Title

Letter from Rear-Adm. Lord Hood to General Jacob de Budé, thanking him for his letter and particularly for his advice to Hood's son [?], Henry, commenting on his nomination for Westminster [presumably as a MP] and his strong disinclination to stand, reporting on the good health and progress of Prince William, expressing concern over the political situation, the prospect of further war and the future lack of experienced Naval officers, and remarking on a recent reported sighting of an enemy fleet which proved instead to be a [British?] convoy en route to Jamaica.

Date Created

5 February 1783

Creator

Hood, Samuel, Rear-Adm. Lord

Description

...I have vanity enough to think, that I am in some small degree qualified by a knowledge of my duty, but much more so from inclination, to fight the Battles of my King and country upon my own element, but confess myself totally unfit to fight the Battles of a Minister, in either house of parliament, and even if I had abilities equal to the task, I think it an employment derogatory to the true character of a Sea officer, whose ambition, is to stand well, with his Sovereign & his country, in his professional Line only.' Hood also refers to his view of 'the sad finish of the business of the 12th of April', and reports on the improvement in Prince William's shoulder.

Language

English

Identifier

GEO/ADD/15/0746