Thursday. August 15. 1776. The Board of War brought in a report, which was taken into
Consideration: whereupon Resolved as in the Journal.1
A Petition from Return Jonathan Meigs in behalf of himself and others was presented
to Congress and read.
Resolved that it be referred to the Board of War.
Congress resumed the Consideration of the Instructions given to Commodore Hopkins
Resolved That the said Commodore Hopkins, during his Cruise to the southward, did
not pay due regard to the Tenor of his Instructions, whereby he was expressly directed
to annoy the Ennemy's Ships upon the Coasts of the southern States; and that his reasons
for not going from Providence immediately to the Carolinas, are by no means satisfactory.
At the request of the delegates of Pennsylvania the farther Consideration of the report
was postponed till tomorrow.