<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0586

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Isaiah Robinson

Sir

The Marine Committee gave you Instructions of yesterdays date for
performing certain services in Delaware Bay which being accomplished
you are to have recourse to the following Orders which you are to obey
and fulfill soon as possible. You are to proceed with the Andrea Doria
and the Cargo on board direct for Cape Francois in Hispaniola and on
your Arrival there wait on the Governor or General asking the
protection and liberty of the Port. You will be attended in this visit
by Mr. Stephen Ceronio to whom you must deliver the letter given you
herewith and to whom the Cargo on board is consigned. This Gentleman
will receive the said Cargo with despatch and if he has any public
stores on hand that have been provided by him previous to your Arrival
or if there be any arrived there from Europe you are to receive the
whole or such part as you can conveniently take on board the Andrea
Doria and return therewith to the first safe Port you can get into in
the united states of America preferring this part of the Coast if
equally safe. You are to land the Stores and goods wherever you arrive
giving us notice thereof and employing proper persons to take charge of
them until we can direct how they are to be disposed off. We believe
there is sufficient water for the Andrea Doria in Egg Harbour, several
of the Inlets south of Cape Henlopen, or in several Inlets in North
Carolina and probably these may be safer than the great Bays. You will
be careful to keep your men on board wherever you go and then take in
three or four months Provisions.

We hope all this business will be finished before the first day of July.
Should there be no Public Stores for these States at Cape Francois, you
will depart from thence immediately after landing your Cargo and
proceed down to Cape St. Nicholas Mole where you are to apply to Mr.
John Dupuy and if he has any goods or Stores to ship receive them on
board and proceed as already directed. You will get as many men to
enter on board your Brig as possible at these places and should there
be no stores or goods to bring away you may then proceed on a Cruize
against our enemies, taking, sinking, burning and destroying as many of
their Ships and Vessels as possible. You may send your Prizes into the
French Ports or for the Continent preferring the later when proper and
practicable. The Gentlemen mentioned will transact your business, they
will supply you with whatever may be necessary, and you may order them
to sell all perishable Prize goods or those suited to the West India
Markets taking care they are really and truely indisputable Prizes
agreeable to Resolves of Congress, but the Vessels and other Parts of
the Cargoes must come to some American Port for condemnation. In this
manner you may continue Cruizing until the first day of July, and
should you return from the Cape or the Mole and land a Cargo on the
Continent as already mentioned before the first of July, you may
proceed on a Cruize for West India Ships or others in these Seas until
that day. On the first day of July you are to open the Sealed Orders
enclosed herein1 and exert yourself to
the utmost in the execution of them taking care that the Andrea Doria
is clean, well manned, victualled and every way in good Order for
service at that Time.2

Notes:

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

1 Not found.

2 For the continuation of this letter, see Marine Committee to Robinson, May
2, 1777.