Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
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In this letter, read by Congress on 11 Sept., John Adams again commented on Adm. Sir
George Rodney's luck in his victories over the Spanish fleets, and noted rumors that
Rodney had enjoyed further success against some French vessels. He believed, however,
that the admiral's good fortune was attributable directly to the French and Spanish
insistence on keeping an “immense” fleet in the European theater at a time when the
dispatch of even a quarter of those ships to American waters could bring a decisive
victory. Finally, Adams noted with pride the reported successes of American privateers
and enclosed the Courier de l'Europe of 3 March and the Gazette de France of 10 March.