<br /> Lee Letter: b142

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee, on behalf of the Marine Committee
Recipient: Massachusetts Council

Gentlemen

It is the request of this Committee that you will aid the Navy Board with the powers of Government in manning the Continental Ships of war that are at Boston, which have been ordered out to join the French Fleet under the command of Vice Admiral the Count D’Estaing and which Congress most earnestly wish may be speedily accomplished. We have the honor to be Gentlemen

Your very obedient Servants.

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Office of Secretary of the CommonwealthMassachusetts Archives

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 429 – 30.