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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Rhode Island if possible, though the Barfleur was seven leagues from the place the commanding officers were to meet, I immediately gott into my Boat, and in the afternoon found the General & Admiral together, who were connecting upon an attempt, to destroy the ships at Rhode Island This was an additional argument in support of my opinion, against my going within the Bar, as the Equinox was so near at hand, and I urged the necessity, which struck me very forcibly that such of Rear Admiral Graves’s ships as were ready, should immediately proceed without the Hook, whether to attend Sir Henry Clinton to Rhode Island, or to look for the Enemy at Sea, My Idea was readily acquiesced in; but that same night; intelligence was received, that the Rhode Island ships sailed on the 25th. taking all their Transports with them, but without Troops. On the 31st. in the evening Mr Graves came over the Bar, with the London, Bedford, Royal Oak, America, [[catchword]] Europe [[/catchword]]