Letter from Rear-Adm. Sir Samuel Hood to General Jacob de Budé reporting again on Sir George Rodney's making over to him the command of the British fleet on the Leeward Island station, enclosing various papers [0632-0641], reporting on his journey to America and his current position there, on attempts to prevent the enemy's ships in the West Indies and at Rhode Island from combining forces, and on the departure of French ships from the American coast.
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at St. Eustatius the next day, he declared his intention of going for England immediately taking with him the Gibralter, Triumph, Panther & Boreas frigate and made over to me the Command of His Majesty’s Fleet on the Leeward Island Station. That same Evening I received the enclosed intelligence No. 1, and early the next morning, Sir George sent me the letter No. 2 from the Senior Captain at St. Lucia, informing him, that the ships arrived at Martinique, were two frigates & two sloops of war with about seventy sail from Marseilles; and it was recommended to me, but the Admiral, to recall the ships, which he had sent to St. Lucia with Rear Admiral Drake, and to wait their joining me, before I proceeded to this Coast. I instantly dispatched the Sybil on that service, with orders for their meeting me, at St. Johns Road Antigua, for which placed I sailed the next evening, with ten sail of the Line. In the night I fell in with La Nymph Frigate, which Sir George Rodney had sent from Basseterre road, to reconnoter Fort Royal Bay and St. Piers and being informed by her Commander [[catchword]] that [[/catchword]]