<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0604

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Marine Committee
Recipient: Elisha Hinman

Sir

We expect by the time that these Orders will get to your hands, the Ship
Alfred under your Command will be compleatly fitted and manned, You are
therefore to proceed with said ship immediately to sea, and there
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, and you are to use your true endeavours to
take, burn, sink or destroy as many of the enemies Vessels of every
kind, as it may be your good fortune to fall in with.

The Prizes you may be lucky enough to take you will send into such Ports of
the United States as you shall think will be the safest and most
Convenient. It is our desire that you shall return to Boston or some
safe port contiguous thereto by the 20th of June or first day of July
next. You will therefore regulate your Cruize so as to be [in] port by
that time when we will have fresh Orders for you Lodged with John
Bradford Esqr. at Boston to whom you are to apply or send for the same
immediately after your Arrival. These Instructions will demand
immediate execution, therefore you will hold your ship in readiness and
keep your Crew together for that purpose. It is expected from every
Commander in our Navy that he use his officers and people well still
preserving strict discipline and decorum – that Prisoners be treated with
humanity and that great care be taken of the ships, their materials and
stores, all which we desire you will carefully observe and advise us of
your proceedings by every opportunity. We expect your most dilligent
exertions will be used to execute these orders with all possible
dispatch and in the best manner for the service of your Country.
Wishing you health and success we remain Sir,

Your very hble servants

Notes:

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