Admiralty Office Philadelphia August 14th 1780
We have been favoured with your Excellencys letter dated the 16th instant. In answer thereto, we beg leave to inform you that the Continental Armed Ship Saratoga John Young Commander went down the River yesterday in Order to Convoy the Honble Henry Laurens Esq. in the Mercury Packet a few leagues to Sea, then to return within the Capes, but should the Trumbull & Dean Fregates be arrived at the Capes (which is hourly expected) before her Sailing, then Captain Young is directed to join these frigates, and to deliver our Orders to James Nicholson Esq. Senior Captain, who is directed to cruize along the Coast with the three Ships so as to endeavour to fall in with the Second Division of the French Squadron and to give the commanding officers intelligence of the Situation of the enemys fleet and to return to the Capes in fourteen days and there wait for further orders. Captain Young hath a letter from the Minister of France to the commanding officer of the Second Division. We are Sir Your very Hble Servants
Francis Lewis Per Order.
DNA: RG 360—Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention.