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From Thomas Jefferson to the Board of War, 22 July 1779

To the Board of War

In council July 22nd 1779.

Approved as to the gallies; and as to the ship Gloster it is recommended to the board of war to have a proper enquiry and report made whether it may not be more advantageous to convert her into a galley than to sell her, and on such report to reconsider the matter.

Th: Jefferson

Tr in Board of War Journal (Vi); printed in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 23, where the source is incorrectly given as “Minutes of Navy Board.”

On 5 July, the Board of War recommended that 5 galleys and the ship Gloucester be dismantled, their men consigned to other vessels, and their hulls sold at public sale (Board of War Journal, Vi).

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