Hd Qrs Aug. 6th 1780
By a late resolution of Congress the Continental frigates are put under my orders; 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. 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. I have the honor to be With perfect respect Gentlemen Yr Most obedt st
DLC: Papers of George Washington.