<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0091

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Samuel Purviance, Jr.

Ordered that Messrs. Purveyance & Stewart the Continental Marine Agents
in the State of Maryland be directed to proceed immediately to provide
Timber for building the two thirty six gun Frigates ordered to be built
in the said State, and to proceed in other respects to provide
materials for the completion of said

John Hancock
Richard Henry Lee
Wm. Whipple

[P.S.] The particular Dimensions shall be deliver’d you.


Receiver’s copy, New York Public Library. Drafted by Lee with postscript by Hancock. Addressed by Hancock to Purviance at Baltimore.

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 249 – 50.

1 Congress had authorized construction of these frigates on November 20,
1776. JCC, 6:970.