Admiralty Office Philadelphia 11th July 1780
The Board have been duely honored with your Excellencys letter of the 29th May by Captain Vandyke which they defered answering ’till an Opportunity offered for carrying your request into effect—They have now the pleasure to inform your Excellency that Captain Vandyke is appointed to command the Marines on board the Continental Armed Ship Saratoga. On the 6th of May the Board sent to your Excellency two pipes of Maderia Wine, should be glad to know if they have been received.
On the 18th instant Congress directed the Board to deliver Colo. Blaine 2 pipes Maderia with a quantity of french Wine for your Excellencys use—we have Accordingly delivered one pipe & 2 hds of Maderia and Colo. Blaine has undertaken to procure the french Wine. I am yr Excellencys very Obedt & Most Hble servant
(Signed by orders) Fras Lewis
No. 4 a Pipe. qt 103 Galls.
10 a Hhd qt 5 Galls.
12 a Hhdt. qt 51 Galls.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.