Adams Papers

To John Adams from Benjamin Stoddert, 12 July 1800

Navy Department 12th. July 1800


The Congress, after her very long detention at Norfolk, I have reason to hope will be ready to sail on the 15 ins.—to cruise a little while in those latitudes where the French Privateers have lately done most mischief—and then proceed to St. Domingo. The Insurgent too, will be ready to leave Baltimore about the same time, to cruise on the coast, & between the Coast and the Islands—The Chesapeak Capt. Barrow, has been on the Coast since the 12th June, & is now daily expected to arrive at New Castle, having charge of a large sum of money from Charleston, for the Bank of the United States—She will not be detained at New Castle, but will be dispatched immediately, to cruise between the United States & the West India Islands—The Brig Pickering has been employed in this service, ever since she last left Boston; she will also soon be at New Castle, for orders. I beleive it may be better to send her from thence to Guadaloupe.

The George Washington is loading at Philada. with Tribute for Algiers—the Portsmouth is gone to France—the Frigate United States and Schooner Experiment, are under repairs in Delaware—The Frigates President & New York, still remain at New York, not yet quite ready for sea—The list of all the other Vessels at foot will shew their stations, & when they may be expected to return to the United States.

I have the honor to be / with the highest respect & esteem / Sir Yr. most Obed. Servt.

Ben Stoddert

St. Domingo Station
Ships Names Expected home
Constitution 16 July 1800
Boston 25 July 1800
Genl. Greene every day.
Herald 18 Octr. "
Augusta 9 Decr.
Trumbull 25 Mar 1801
Richmond 26 Jany. "
Norfolk 20 May "
Constellation 20 Augt.
Ganges 20 Decr.
E Indies
St. Kitts Station
Philada. 28 Apl 1801
Adams 23 Apl.
Jno Adams 12 Novr. 1800
Merrimack 9 Feby 1801
Connecticut 21 Octr 1800
Balto. 26 Septr.
Maryland 16 Septr.
Delaware 14 ins—
Patapoco 29 Novr. 1800
Eagle 13 Augt.
Scammel 13 inst.
Enterprize 15 Decr.
On the Coast
Warren 1 August at Norfolk

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