Letters from Sir Samuel Hood 1780–1782

By J. H. Owen, published February 1933


The article contains nine letters written in 1780 by Sir Samuel (later 1st Viscount) Hood whilst serving as Commissioner at Portsmouth. The early letters in the series are addressed to his friend Henry Shales and simply forward news Hood had received concerning the progress of events in the war. In September 1780 Hood was promoted to Admiral and sailed to the West Indies to become Rodney’s second-in-command. The remaining letters were despatched by Hood whilst on the West Indies station and on the whole are critical of Rodney and his conduct of the fleet.

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Filed under: English Channel | American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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