<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0509

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Certain Naval Officers

Sir

The Committee have written to the Council of war in Providence requesting
their assistance in getting the Frigate under your Command manned with
all possible expedition.1 On your part
as the service of your Country demands it, so this Committee expect
your most diligent exertions in geting immediately manned, and out to
sea, there to Cruize in such Lattitudes as will be most likely to fall
in with & intercept the enemies Transport Vessels coming to
reinforce or to supply their Army at New
York.2 If it should be your good
fortune to meet with any of the enemies Ships of war not greatly your
Superior in force we doubt not but you will do honor to the Navy of the
United States, and to yourself by bringing such into port with you.

Should your efforts aided by the Council of
War3 be insufficient to man your ship
fully for a Cruize you are in that case to endeavour to get her manned
in such manner as to carry the Ship round to Boston and there exert
yourself to compleat your number and proceed on the Cruize
aforesaid.4

Wishing you success and health we are Sir, Your friends & servants

Notes:

Letter book, Marine Committee Letter Book, Marine Committee Miscellaneous
Papers, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration,
Washington, D.C. Addressed: “Captain J. B. Hopkins of the Frigate
Warren. Captain Abram Whipple of the Frigate Providence. Captain
Dudley Saltonstall of the Frigate Trumbull.”

1 The Marine Committee’s letter to the Rhode Island Council of War is dated
April 5 and printed below.

2 In place of the preceding two sentences, the RC of the Committee’s letter
to Dudley Saltonstall reads: “We desire that you will use your most
diligent exertions in getting the Frigate under your Command
immediately manned for Sea when you are to proceed on a Cruize in
Such Latitudes as will be most likely to fall in with, and intercept
the Enemies Transport vessels coming to reinforce or supply their
Army at New York.” IaDaM.

3 Last six words omitted in RC to Saltonstall. Ibid.

4 None of the officers to whom this letter was addressed was able to carry
out the committee’s orders. William J. Morgan, Captains to the
Northward: The New England Captains in the Continental Navy (Barre,
Mass.: Barre Publishing Co., 1959), pp. 76 – 80.