Letter from Rear-Adm. Sir Samuel Hood to General Jacob de Budé sending thanks for letters received, promising to assist Mr Stillingfleet [?] in his naval career, expressing appreciation for the King's decision to award the booty taken at St Eustatius to the British Fleet and Navy, describing recent actions against the enemy and the subsequent movements and state of various British ships, reporting the landing of enemy troops on St Lucia and their subsequent hasty departure, and his fear that enemy forces were heading to the East Indies and America.
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very good account will be given of them. The Count De Grasse is in the Bretaigne, and he brought him Europe with him 3 of 80 guns 14 of 74, and [[deletion]] [[unclear]] [[/deletion]] of 64, 1 of 74, [[deletion]] [[unclear]] [[/deletion]] & 3 of 64 were left in this Country by Count Gnichen last year, this is the exact force, we are to beat, and I doubt not of doing it, can we come to close action. I believe not more than 12 or 13 of the Enemy's Ships are coppered. But it is a little extraordinary, that such a Squadron, with so large a Convoy, should come upon us, without our having the least notice, for had a small fast sailing vessel have left England, a fort night after their departure from Brest, she must have been here before them. The Enemy's Squadron the Santa Monica saw on the 31st. december steering this way, and was afterwards seen in Lattitude 25 is I fear gone to the East Indies I dread what may happen in the quarter [[catchword]] and [[/catchword]]