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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America, or his object is Halifax; one or the other seems pretty certain to my mind, but I confess I cannot think the Enemy bold enough to attempt to attempt Halifax so late in the year. We have looked into the Delaware without gathering any intelligence of the Enemy and are now going to the Chesapeak; in case an opportunity of a conveyance for New York should suddenly arise, I will close my letter and if any material occurrence should turn up, before anything goes towards New York, I will take up my pen again [[foreign: French]] Adieu [[/foreign]] my dear General, and believe me with all truth & attachment Your most faithfull and obedient humble servant Saml Hood