<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0469

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Massachusetts Council

Honorable Gentlemen

The present lines will be delivered you by Mr Cumberland Dugan and the
design of them only to inform you that this Committee have chartered of
him a ship Called the Roxbury, Nathl. Bosworth Master, Iying at
Dartmouth & the Brigt. Abigail for which no master is yet fixed
Iying in Boston. They are both ordered to the Southern States for
Cargoes we have provided on Continental account and as the public
service requires our utmost attention to make expeditious remittances
to pay for the various supplys wanted for the army from Europe we hope
your influence will be exerted to prevent these Vessells being detained
by any embargo or other restraint which will much oblige us & serve
the great cause we are engaged in.

With great esteem & respect We are on all occasions Honorable Gentn.
Your obedt hble servts, By order of the Secret Committee of
Congress,

Robt Morris, Chair Man

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Massachusetts Secretary of State, Archives Division,
Boston. Written and signed by Robert Morns. Endorsed: “In Council
April 14, 1777. Read & Ordered that the Naval Officers for the
Ports of Dartmouth & Boston do permitt the within mentioned
Vessels to proceed on their intended Voyages. Jno Avery Dpy Secry.”