<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0292

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Elisha Warner

Sir

Since writing the annexed Orders1 I have
received advice that it is reported in the West Indies that this City
is in the Hands of the enemy in consequence of which all the homeward
bound Vessels are going into Chesapeake Bay where innevitably they will
fall into the enemies hands, therefore as soon as you deliver these
dispatches to Captain Biddle which you must first perform and then
proceed in Cruize of[f] the Capes of Virginia keeping outside of the
enemies men of war, and give all inward bound Vessels notice of their
danger and that our Bay is clear of the enemy. Keep a Sharp look out
along Shore and you will retake some of the Prizes they are sending to
New York.

I am Sir, Your hble servt.

Robt. Morris V.P.

Notes:

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

1 See Marine Committee to Warner, February 15, 1777.