. This allusion is explained in JA's Diary and Autobiography
. The Duchesse d'Anville was the widow of the Due d'Anville (or Enville) who had in
1746 “commanded a kind of Armada against Us” that had greatly frightened New Englanders.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.