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. Philip Stephens' letter of 22 Aug., was printed in various London newspapers on the
23d, together with information about the convoy's capture that had been received in
the meantime. The source for Lee's report, which combines a paraphrase of Stephens'
letter with some additional information, may have been the London Morning Post
, for, of the newspapers consulted, only that paper identified the regiment as Gen.
Charles Rainsford's. It was believed that fifty-two out of the fifty-four vessels
in the convoy were taken, the escorts having escaped, but see Francis Dana's letter
of 27 Aug., note 5