Capt. Willis Wilson of the ship Caswell, addressed me on the 26th Inst. advising that your Excellency recommended him to appoint an agent for his ship here, at the same time requested I
Please to send me two blank commissions for my Privateer Bellona & letter of mark the Chatham, the commission not being here cannot fill the Bonds, but you may depend as soon as they appear the needful shall be done. What part of the brig shall I charge you with, I do not think we can spare you more than ⅛, that will cost you £3000 or very near it, but you may have 1-16 or less if you choose it. I wish you could see her on the sails, which will be in three weeks at farthest, to meet the July fleet. Shall we not celebrate the 4th of July. The town is of opinion that we ought to have some of the public powder about 100 wt. will do; if you think with us, you will no doubt send an order for the purpose. I have but about 1500 wt. for the Brigs, should more be necessary will your Excellency lend me 5 or 6 00 wt. of the public powder, I will engage to return it, before it is wanted. I am with great esteem Dr Sir, your mo. ob. Servt.