Copy of a letter from Rear-Adm. Sir Samuel Hood to Rear-Adm. Robert Digby expressing his hope of leaving the American coast for the West Indies with as strong a force as possible, i.e. with all of Digby's squadron, and offering to prove that he has no wish to deny Digby's ships of any profit by signing agreements to share any prizes acquired equally.
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[[underline]] Secret [[/underline]] Barfleur at Sea Octr. 31 1781 My dear Admiral Digby As a vast deal may [[underline]] probably [[/underline]] depend on my going from this coast, as strong as [[underline]] possible, [[/underline]] and if I can but gett away before De Grasse leave the Cheaseapeak, I shall have a good prospect of intercepting, whatever part of his fleet, he may [[underline]] take, [[/underline]] or [[underline]] detach [[/underline]] to Martinique, by cruizing a short time to the Eastward, & in the [?Lattd] of Descada. And to prove I have no view of reaping any kind of emolument from the Ships of your Squadron, or depriving you of any, and that my only motive for wishing [[underline]] all [[/underline]] your Line of Battle Ships to accompany me to the West Indies, — during the winter months, is the good of our Royal Masters Service — I am ready to sign Articles [[underline]] equally [[/underline]] to these to share in prize money with you [[catchword]] from [[/catchword]]