Page 4 - Collingwood letter

The Squadron of enemy ships in Cadiz have made preparation as if they mean to sail, and we hear from neutrals who come out, that the French admiral receives frequent dispatches from Paris which are supposed to urge his sailing, they have moved to the outer part of the harbour, the Spaniards are also getting ready, but whether this is show, or they really mean to push a reinforcement to their Colonies I can get no information:- from the privateers having disappeared in the Gut [The Straits of Gibraltar] lately I rather think their crews are taken to these ships.

It is particularly unfortunate that General Crawford has proceeded before my letters could reach them, and that only a few days.

I am my dear Sir Hew, with great esteem Your obedient and most honourable servant Collingwood