Admiralty Office 31st August 1780
The Board have been honoured with your favor of the 15th Instant, in answer thereto, we beg leave to inform your Excellency that Congress have ordered the Seratoga with dispatches, under the direction of a Secret Committee of conferrence with the Minister of France.
The Frigates Trumbull and Dean are ordered out upon a Cruize, with directions to keep a good look out for the second division of the French fleet, and to give the commanding Officer thereof every information—respecting the number and situation of the British fleet off Rhode Island.
The Confederacy is the only Continental Frigate now in this harbour, but neither manned nor Victualed for the Sea.
Thus Sir we have given you a State of the Continental Navy in this department—and are with great respect Your Excellency’s Obedient Hume Servts
DLC: Papers of George Washington.