<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0208

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Robert Morris

Sir,

Judging it of the last consequence to the Public that the Military Stores
probably lodged for the Continent in the West Indies should be brought
over with all possible expedition, we have determined to send all the
armed Vessels mentioned in your letter to be now at Philadelphia, and
the Frigate Randolph likewise, on this business. The Island that each
Vessel is to go to, and the Port she is to aim at returning to, is left
to your discretion. You will please Sir to give the necessary orders
for the quickest possible execution of this important service.

We are Sir Your most obedient servants,

John Hancock
William Ellery
Richard Henry Lee
Wm. Whipple
Saml. Chase
Nathan Brownson
Oliver Wolcott
Tho Burke
Jona D Sergeant

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Reciver’s copy, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Written by
Lee and signed by Lee, Brownson, Burke, Chase, Ellery, Hancock,
Sergeant, Whipple, and Wolcott. Endorsed by Morris: “answd. 15 Feby.
1777.” No letter of that date from Morris to the Marine Committee has
been found.