Marine Committee to the Commissioners
York in Penna June 10th 1778
There is wanted for A fifty Six Gun Ship now building at Portsmouth in the State of New Hampshire, Twenty eight 24 pounders Cannon and Twenty eight 18 Pounders which We request you will order to be shipped for that Port or the Port of Boston by the first Opportunity.1 Should the Continental Frigates Boston and Providence be in France when this gets to hand they may take in those Cannon and in that case you will please to ship an equal number of each Size Sufficient to Ballast Said Frigates, as we shall have Occasion for more than will be wanted for the 56 Gun ship. We request your attention to this business and are Honorable Gentn with great respect Your very Obedt. servants,
Richard Henry Lee. C.M.
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); addressed: “The Honorable the Commissioners of the United States of North America at Paris”; docketed: “Letter Marine Comtee. June 10 1778. for 28. 24 Pounders and 28 18s.”; in an unknown hand: “Order for Cannon”; calculations, perhaps by JA:
1. These cannon were for the ship of the line America. In a letter of 19 Aug. the Commissioners ordered John Bondfield to procure the needed cannon (LbC, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 92). Bondfield reported his progress in letters to the Commissioners dated 29 Aug. (below) and 12 Sept. (PPAmP: Franklin Papers).