Excerpt from Biographia Navalis, or Impartial Memoirs of the Lives and Characters of Officers of the Navy of Great Britain, From the Year 1660 to the Present Time, Vol. 6: Drawn From the Most Authentic Sources, and Disposed in a Chronological Arrangement; Being the Second Volume of th... e Continuation
Intelli enee having been received from England that a French quadrou, under the Chevalier de Ternay, might be daily expected from Europe, the vice-admiral made the utmolt hafle, confiftent with the necelfary arrange ments, to return to New York and concentre his force. A reinforcement of fix ih' s of the linel' was fent out to him under rear-admira Graves; but they unfortunately did not arrive in time to prevent the arrival of the French admiral in port. The fubfequent opera tions of the year 1 were confined to the capture of priva teers, and watching the enemy, who keg clofe in port at Rhode land, where they were prote ed by batteries.
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