George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Board of Admiralty, 6 August 1780

To the Board of Admiralty

Head Quarters [Peekskill] 6th August 1780


By a late resolution of Congress the Continental Frigates are put under my orders;1 but this seems not to be till after they have joined the Chevalier De Ternay. This at present seems to be impracticable; and I therefore request to be informed whether I am expected to take any direction in the matter previous to the junction before proposed or not—that I may govern myself accordingly. The Minister of France has proposed to me the employing one or more of the Frigates in cruising off to fall in with the second division; by which at the same time they would be of service to our Trade.2 I should think it would be a very useful way of employing them at this juncture; but as I do not conceive the Frigates to be yet under my direction I have referred him to Congress or your Board.3 I have the honor to be With perfect respect Gentn Your Mo. Obet Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 37; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The board replied to GW on 14 August.

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