. These reports concerning Horatio Gates and the frigate Deane
were both false. For that concerning Gates, see John Bondfield's letter of 22 April,
(above). In regard to the Deane
, no record of such a capture by the frigate in 1780 has been found. In any event,
included both reports in his letter of 25 April to Vergennes (Arch. Aff. Etr., Paris, Corr. Pol.
, E.-U., vol. 11).