Letter from Rear-Adm. Lord Hood to General Jacob de Budé sending enclosures [most not on file, apart from 0728] concerning the movements of enemy ships and a threat to Jamaica, and reporting his intention to put to sea as quickly as possible.

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and sent him the exact state of the squadron, which is more than seven hundred [?short] in eleven ships of the Line, for the Prince George being then in the North River, with Admiral Digby’s Flag on board I had no return from her. But in case of accident which may possibly happen; I herewith trouble you with Copies of Letters I have written upon the state of the squadron in consequence of the information that has been received, without producing the smallest addition either of men or ships— and upon my desiring one of two frigates which came in yesterday from Quebec, not appertaining to this station; Admiral Digby desired me to send one of my frigates to Charles Town, to strengthen the Convoy with Troops to Jamaica, which I have done — I have I trust acquitted myself with propriety in my duty, in humbly representing what appeared to me to be right for the King’s Service, so that no blame can fall upon me justly of Disaster arising from want of sufficient force only should happen.