Peek’s Kill August the 6th 1780
I had this morning the honor to receive Your Excellency’s Letter of the 30th of July, with the One addressed to the Chevalier de Ternay, which I have sealed & forwarded by an Express.
With respect to the Continental Frigates—I beg leave to inform Your Excellency, that I did not apprehend from the Resolution of Congress concerning them, that they were to be under my orders or to receive any instructions from me, till they had joined the Chevalier de Ternay after assembling in the Delaware. This being the case, I cannot give away any directions about them at present, and would take the liberty to recommend to Your Excellency to apply to Congress or to the Board of Admiralty, to the Latter of whom I have written, to give their orders to the Captains of the Frigates on the conduct they are to pursue. The employment for them or at least for one, which Your Excellency has suggested, appears to me to be proper and that it would answer the double purposes You have mentioned. I have by my Letter of to day to the Chevalier de Ternay, requested him to advise me in what manner he thinks the Frigates may be most usefully employed to assist his Fleet, and that there might be no further delay when matters with respect to them are ultimately fixed. I requested him also to communicate to the Captains of the Frigates at Boston, as well as to myself the Signals of recognisance. When I receive his Answer, I will embrace the earliest occasion to transmit the Signals. I have the Honor to be With the Most perfect attachment & respect Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt Servant
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