Recipient: Genet, Edmé Jacques
[dateline] June 1st. 1780
Rodney himself, it seems did all. He fought and beat six Ships. Pray, why did not
the Rest of his Fleet beat the rest of the French Fleet over whom they had the Superiority.1
This Way of giving Extracts of Letters only, leaves room to suspect.
But I think, by his own Account, he has nothing to brag of. Three drawn Battles wont
maintain the Lordship of the Water.
Drawn Battles wont do.
I hope, however, France and Spain will follow up their Plan—they are in the right
way—for God sake let the second Division at Brest be expedited, and from Rochfort
Pray can You give me Notice of a safe Conveyance to America? I want to send duplicates
of all my dispatches.