<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0206

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Esek Hopkins

Sir

By Consent of the Honorable Congress I have this day given instructions to
Jno Paul Jones Esqr Commander of the Alfred to take upon him the
Conduct of an Expedition wherein he will require the assistance of the
Columbus, Cabot, Camden 1 & Sloop
Providence, and You will please to order the Commanders to join him
& to put themselves under his Command. I flatter myself with having
your utmost exertions to get these Vessells well & expeditiously
manned and compleatly fitted that they may sail soon as possible. I
lately forwarded you a packet with instructions respecting the Frigates
from the Marine Committee which I hope will arrive safe. I long to hear
that you contrive ways & means to get rid of the Enemy in your
Neighborhood & am with esteem sir your obedt hble Servant,

Robt Morris, V.P. of
the Marine Committee

P.S. My Compts to your Brother.

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Henry E. Huntington Libary.

Letter book, Marine Committee Letter Book, Marine Committee Miscellaneous
Papers, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration,
Washington, D.C.

1 The LB correctly names this ship the Hampden.