[dateline] Philadelphia Nov. 27th. 1775
The Congress are now preparing two Ships and two Brigantines to be fitted out as soon as possible to cruise against our common enemy. They have thought of you as a proper person to take the command of one of those ships as Captain. If you enter into this service, which we take to be the service of your country, you will give us the earliest information and repair to Philadelphia as soon as your affairs will possibly admit, and bring with you as many officers and seamen as you can procure at New London and between that place and Philadelphia. Those who may not be able to come with you, leave proper persons to encourage and conduct along after you.
In a day or two after you receive this, you will receive by the Messrs. Mumfords2
the Conditions and encouragement offered to the Seamen. We are, Sir, Your humble servant
[salute] Signed by Order of Comme.
[signed] Step. Hopkins
[signed] Christ. Gadsden
[signed] John Adams
[signed] Joseph Hewes
[signed] Silas Deane
in unidentified hand
(Magazine of History, 29 : 242 [Extra No. 116]).
1. Dudley Saltonstall (1738–1796) commanded the ship Alfred
under Como. Esek Hopkins, with John Paul Jones as his first lieutenant (
2. One of these Mumfords was probably Thomas, of Groton and New London, an active whig (Charles R. Stark, Groton, Conn., 1705–1905, Stonington, Conn., 1922, passim).