Letter from Rear-Adm. Sir Samuel Hood to General Jacob de Budé reporting on the state of the British fleet, the movements and likely intentions of the French and Spanish in the West Indies, and his fears that the French may intend to send ships and troops to America; and partial duplicate [0672a], which is dated 9 March and has some text missing.
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Royal Highness most truly is I imagine the French are now about to send both ships & Troops to North America, if therefore we do not send likewise, I dread what may further happen in that quarter. What has not England suffered, from a want of unanimity at home! It is truly lamentable to think of, but could the Nation be brought to act with heart and hand, I have not a doubt of it’s recovering every misfortune, and again shining with its wonted splendor & Glory, nothing but one [[underline]] mind [[/underline]] is requisite I am perfectly confident, to accomplish most effectually so great and desirable an end; for I can assure you my dear General from experience that the French have not either more courage or Sea knowledge & skill, in the smallest degree than they possessed last war. Continue to honor me with your friendly correspondence, and you will most essentially contribute to my happiness I am with very sincere regard my dear General your affectionate and faithfull humble Servant Saml Hood