Letter from Rear-Adm. Sir Samuel Hood to General Jacob de Budé reporting the sailing of a large French fleet and convoy from Martinique towards St Domingo but uncertainty as to its ultimate intent, and on the poor condition of the British fleet which resulted in his being sent to Antigua to collect stores, and announcing that he may be going with a squadron to America.

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English Harbour yesterday morning, to hasten the stores to me, I anchored here in the afternoon When I left Sir George Rodney, he talked of sailing that evening for St. Lucia, and from thence in 4 & hours for St. Eustatius, where I think it probable we shall join, as I shall tarry here not a moment longer than is absolutely necessary for receiving on board the stores that are demanded. The Pegasus came to me last night, from St. Eustatius, where she was sent, (after seeing the Scourge Brig, clear of the Islands) with Sir George's Duplicates for the Pacquet which was waiting there for them. Captain Stanhope tells me, he left the Brig. on the 6th. of this month (three days after they sailed from Barbadoes) fifty Leagues [[catchword]] to [[/catchword]]

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