<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0460

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: John Bradford
Recipient: Leonard Jarvis

Gentlemen1

Inclosed is a Resolution of Congress in consequence of which, you are
hereby directed to purchase, Arm and fit out for the service of the
United states three fast sailing good ships that will conveniently
mount not exceeding 18 Sixpounders on One
Deck.2

If it should be necessary to take off, raise or lower a deck, you’l have it
done, or make any other necessary alterations, you’l take care to have
them fitted in the best and cheapest manner possible.

Advise the Committee of the purchase as soon as made, and should you not
have public Money enough in your hands to execute this business, inform
us what sum you shall want for the purpose.

These ships are to be commanded by three Gentlemen mentioned in the
Resolution, Captain Jones to have the preference.

We would have the Commanders superintend the fitting of their respective
ships.

We are Gentn, Your hble servants

Notes:

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

1 Bradford was Continental prize agent in Massachusetts, while Jarvis was
deputy Continental prize agent at Dartmouth, Mass.

2 On this day the Marine Committee also wrote a letter to John Paul Jones:
“The Agent Mr. Bradford has orders from this Committee to purchase
and fit out three Armed Vessels pursuant to a Resolve of Congress
which is transmitted to him, one of which you are to command and the
Committee have directed that you should have your choice, therefore
you are directed to make your election as soon as the purchase shall
be made, and to superintend and hasten the fitting her out for sea
with all possible expedition.” PCC Miscellaneous Papers, Marine
Committee Letter Book, fol. 64; and Paullin, Marine Committee
Letters, 1:89. In June 1777 Jones assumed command of the Ranger, a
sloop fitted out by John Langdon, the Continental prize agent in New
Hampshire, rather than any of the vessels fitted out by Bradford and
Jarvis. Samuel Eliot Morison, John Paul Jones: A Sailor’s Biography
(Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1959), pp. 99 – 101.