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ALS : American Philosophical Society; copy: National Archives As superintendants of the Navy of the United States of America we hold it to be our duty to become acquainted with the business in which any of their Ships have been employed and the result thereof. More especially we think it incumbent upon us to be fully informed with regard to A certain expedition in which the frigate Alliance...
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 Captain John Young went down the River yesterday, in Order to convoy the Honble Henry Laurens in the Mercury Packet a few leagues to Sea, then to return within the Capes —but should the Trumbull & Dean Frigates be arrived at the Capes...
The Board have been duely honored with your Excellencys letter of the 29th May by Captain Van dyke which they deferred answering ’till an Opportunity offered for carrying your request into effect—they have now the pleasure to inform your Excellency that Captain Van dyke is appointed to command the Marines on board the Continental Armed Ship Saratoga. On the 6th of May the Board sent to your...
FC ( NA : PCC , Marine Committee Letter Book, fol. 289). Pursuant to the Resolutions of Congress passed the 27th inst. relative to the Navy which will be transmitted to your Excellency by their Secretary, I am directed by the Board to Solicit every assistance in your power, by furnishing money and otherwise towards preparing the frigate Bourbon for launching and compleating her for Sea. As...
FC ( NA : PCC , No. 37, fol. 247). The board beg leave to represent to Congress, That the Hull of the seventy four gun ship now building at Portsmouth in New Hampshire might, if money could be procured for that purpose, be completely finished the ensuing summer, and in that case, if the expected fleet of our ally could furnish out the stores necessary for her equipment, she might cooperate...
FC ( NA : PCC , Marine Committee Letter Book, fol. 288). The Board are favoured with your letter of the 3d instant acknowledging the receipt of theirs of the 17th ultimo, wherein the[y] expressly directed you to proceed with the Trumbull on A short Cruize so as to return to the Delaware by the latter end of June in Order to join the Confederacy Saratoga & Deane for the execution of a...
FC ( NA : PCC , Marine Committee Letter Book, fol. 287). By letter from the Board dated the 9th instant you were directed to reserve the Continental Moiety of the prize Wines until farther Orders and to send the fruit by water to this place. but from the present scarcity of money here, and the urgent necessity for the same in Order to fit out and man two Ships of war now in this port we are...
FC ( NA : PCC , Marine Committee Letter Book, fols. 284–85). The foregoing is a Copy of our last since which we have not been favoured with any of yours. Within these few days your Packet relative to the Lord Sandwich packet Boat was handed to us by Lieutenant Brown which was immediately lodged with the Secretary of Congress and Council retained in the Cause when determined by the Court of...
FC ( NA : PCC , Marine Committee Letter Book, fol. 285). We are favoured with your letter of the 18th. ultimo acknowledging the receipt of ours dated the 7th & 31 March[.] we have since wrote you of the 7th & 11th ultimo which we presume were not then received. We observe you intend to send the Box with types and papers to the Treasury Board, and that your next will inform us with the result...
By a letter received this day from Nathl Shaw, Agent at New London, we are informed that a Prize captured by the Dean Frigate is arrived in that Port with Several Boxes of Lemons on board, of which we have directed Mr Shaw to send twelve Boxes to your Excellency. As there may be some difficulty in obtaining a speedy conveyance, perhaps your Excellency may point out a proper mode for their...