The Adams Papers Digital Edition is undergoing active maintenance while we work on improvements to the system. You may experience slow performance or the inability to access content. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavor to return to full capabilities as soon as possible.
. On 10 Aug. the first unit of a Russian fleet (five ships of the line and a frigate)
anchored in the Downs, the roadstead off Deal in the Strait of Dover, and was soon
joined by two squadrons with an additional thirteen vessels. Although much was made
of the Russian fleet, which had departed by 21 Aug., its presence in the Downs was
most likely due to the stress of weather, rather than any designs against Great Britain
, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, and 23 Aug.; London Chronicle
, 15–17 Aug.).