The quoted letter to Dupin on the same page of Broers is:
'I have told you of this brilliant success...it is enough for me to tell you
that the English have not captured one of our guns...The enemy has been thrown
into the most unheralded retreat...They did not even have time to set fire to
their ships...They have not burned our stores of wood or rope. I have visited
the naval arsenal, and I can assure you that even the worst they have done to
us is reparable.
As I originally stated, there was no great exaggeration by N.
Siege of Toulon was a brilliant success for the French, by any measure. The British did not capture and take away any guns. The British were certainly thrown into full retreat. The British did not have time to set fire to their ships/boats (those left behind) Much of the marine supplies were saved by the quick work of Jacobin army and locals. Everything at Toulon was repairable. In only a few months, with a tremendous effort, a significant French fleet was again based at Toulon. Nelson complained very loudly about this and wrongly blamed Smith for not doing more.
The only possible exaggeration would be if the reader (Broers) doesn't take N. at his word about the British not having time to "set fire to their ships" and instead reads N. as stating "set fire to OUR ships" and even N. was not that insane.
My statement about Broers being wrong AGAIN stands affirmed.