<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0412

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: James Robinson

Sir

The Sachem Sloop of war under your command being ready for sea after having
received on board a quantity of Indigo shipped by the Secret Committee
of Congress, You are to proceed from this port to the Island of St.
Eustatia, and on your arrival there apply to Mr. Saml. Curson junr. to
whom the Indico is addressed, deliver it to him agreeable to Bills of
Lading and take his receipt. On your arrival in that Port wait on the
Governor and ask the Liberty and protection of the Port in the name of
the United States of America. Take care not to violate the neutrality
of it neither suffer your people to behave in any disorderly or
irregular manner there-procure the utmost dispatch of your business and
receive on board any Stores or Merchandize Mr. Curson, Mr. Henricus
Goddet, or Mr. C. Stevenson all of that place may have to ship, or so
much thereof as you can with propriety or convenience bring back. Which
done you must grant them bills of Lading, receive their dispatches and
proceed back for this Coast.

If you can get back to this Port and find it secure do so. If it is guarded
by the enemy get into Chesapeake Bay, or into some safe Inlet or
harbour and give us the earliest notice of your arrival with an account
of what goods you bring back. Should you make any Prizes going or
coming, send them into the safest Ports, addressed to the Continental
Agents where they arrive. If you carry them into the West Indies you
may order perishable commodities or those suited for the Country to be
sold provided the property is indisputably Prize, agreeably to the
discriptions of Congress, but the Vessels and other parts of the
Cargoes must come to the Continent for condemnation.

It is a Standing Instruction of this Committee to all the Navy that
Prisoners be used with humanity and kindness and that you pay due
attention and obedience to the printed Instructions of the Navy Board.

So farewell. We are your friends &c

Notes:

Letter book, Marine Committee Letter Book, Marine Committee Miscellaneous
Papers, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration,
Washington, D.C. Addressed: “Captain James Robinson of the Sloop
Sachem.”