Providence March 20 1780
The Attorney General has represented to me that their is the greatest necessity for Lieut. Chapin of Colo. Shurburns Redgment to tarry in this State for a few Days. as he is a principle Evidence against one of the most bitter Tories that we have taken hold off. under that Idea I doubt not but Your Exellency will excuse my detaning Lieut. Chapin.
We just hear by a Vessell from Bilbo in a short Passage, of the Defeat of the Spanish Squadron of seven Sails of the line, off Gibralte., They were attacked by Twelve British. their was 4 Spanish Sunk. Two taken and one made her escape on the other side 2 British sunk. This must put an end to the Sige for the present. Your Excellency will remember that the Park of Artillery is yet in this Town, if it is to be sent to Springfield your Order will be necessary to be communicated to the Commanding Officer; as the Roades will be soon passable.
The Flagg with the Cloathing for the Prisoners at Rutland is just arived. I am Your Excellencys Most Obedient and most Humb. Servant
Jabez Bowen D. Gov.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.