the squadron might not proceed, in such force only as and suffice for a blockade; diminishing thus ⟨ ⟩ an entire disappt. as to the original objects. The reinforcing squadron or squadrons might follow as soon, as better estimates of the ⟨prospect⟩ shd. justify it.
I return you the communications by the F Fingal, with a couple of letters to me from Mr. Crawford, for your perusal. I have read the whole but slightly; but you may want them in your consultations.
The mail of this morning arrived without your correspondence with Baker. It brought in fact not even a newspaper. Of course the whole mail to Fredg. must have failed.
best wishes & respects
DLC: Papers of James Madison.