Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
In this letter, probably received by Congress on 5 Sept. (JCC
, 17:803), John Adams, using British newspapers of 26 and 27 May as his source (to
Genet, 1 June, note 1
, above), summarized Rodney's published letter of 26 April, describing the Battle
of Martinique on 17 April. Adams included the British line of battle and the casualties
suffered by the fleet, but discounted Rodney's victory claim, seeing it instead as
another “drawn Battle” that did little to support British claims of naval supremacy.
Adams also noted the defeat of Thomas Pownall's motion on 24 May to introduce a bill
to end the American war (Parliamentary Hist.
, 21:627—628; to Unknown, 9 June
, below); the dispatch of a British warship from Lisbon to warn Rodney of the sailing
of a large fleet from Cádiz; and the imminent departure of the Hudson Bay fleet.