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Full text of "Journal of the Commissioners of the navy of South Carolina October 9, 1776-March 1, 1779, July 22, 1779-March 23, 1780;"

THE LIBRARY 

OF 

THE UNIVERSITY 
OF CALIFORNIA 

LOS ANGELES 



JOURNAL 



OF THE 



Commissioners of the Navy 



OF 



South Carolina 



October 9, 1776- -March 1, 1779 



Edited by 

A. S. SALLEY, JR. 
Secretary of the Historical Commission of South Carolina 



Printed for 

THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION OF SOUTH CAROLINA 

By The State Company, Columbia. S. C. 

1912 



S1S73 



INTRODUCTION 

On Saturday, September 21, 1776, the General Assembly 
"Ordered That Leave be given to bring in a Bill for appointing 
Commissioners to superintend and direct the Naval Affairs of this 
State And that the Honourable M r Edwards Captain Roger Smith 
M r . Corbett M r . Neufville and M r . Ward be a Committee to prepare 
and bring in the same". 

On September 26th Col. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Attor- 
ney General Moultrie were added to this committee. 

On September 27th Mr. Edwards presented the bill to the House 
and it was received and read the first time and ordered to a second 
reading. 

On October ist the House proceeded to ballot for commission- 
ers to superintend and direct the naval affairs of South Carolina, 
and, having selected Edward Blake, Thomas Savage, Josiah Smith, 
Jr., Thomas Corbett, Roger Smith, George Abbott Hall, and Thomas 
Shubrick, the bill was given a second reading, the names of these 
commissioners were inserted, and the bill was sent to the Legisla- 
tive Council. 

On October 3rd the bill was returned from the Legislative Coun- 
cil, where it had received two readings and had been amended by 
striking out the name of Thomas Shubrick and inserting another 
name. 

On October 4th the bill came up in the House for its third read- 
ing. It appearing on the reading of the first clause 'that the name 
of Thomas Shubrick, one of the commissioners named by the House, 
had been stricken out by the Legislative Council, the House pro- 
ceeded to ballot for another commissioner, and George Smith being 
selected his name was inserted, and the bill was given a third read- 
ing; its title ordered changed to that of an Act, and it wa$ ordered 
that Mr. Thomas Waring and Mr. Keating Simons carry it to the 
Legislative Council for concurrence, which they did and so reported 
to the House a few minutes later. 

On October 8th the House appointed Mr. Heyward and Mr. 
Young to join with a member of the Legislative Council to examine 
and compare the engrossed bill. A short time thereafter they 
reported that they had examined it and found it correct. Later in 
the day the Speaker and House "attended His Excellency in the 



Council Chamber" and presented it (with other Acts) to President 
Rutledge, who signed it. 

On October gth the commissioners met and organized for busi- 
ness. Their journal from that date to March 23, 1780, when the 
close investment of the American lines at Charles Town put an end 
to their activities, an engrossed copy of the portion thereof to 
March i, 1779, and a volume of accounts kept by the commissioners, 
were among the manuscripts in the State Library of New York when 
the New York State capitol at Albany was partially destroyed by fire, 
March 29, 1911, and they were considerably damaged thereby. How 
these records came to be in Albany has not been ascertained, but the 
records of the State department of New York show that in 1818, 
when J. V. N. Yates became Secretary of State of New York, he 
found these volumes in the State archives thereof. At the time of 
the fire in 1911 a bill for the returning of these volumes to South 
Carolina was pending before the General Assembly of New York. 
This bill subsequently became a law and the damaged records were 
returned to South Carolina. 

In copying for publication the text of the original journal was 
used, save where the mutilation or destruction necessitated the use of 
the engrossed copy. It has often been found necessary to piece 
together the copy from scraps of the pages of each volume, and often 
after the copying has been done the paper, burned to charcoal, has 
crumbled to pieces. The words taken from the engrossed copy are 
put in italics. That part of this journal which covered the latter part 
of 1776 was printed in volumes II (Washington, 1851) and III 
(Washington, 1853) of the fifth series of Force's American Archives. 
Such words as have been burned from both copies of the manuscript 
journal, or rendered illegible by the fire, have been supplied from 
the Archives and are set in black type. 



Charlestown, South-Carolina, Wednesday, 9 th October 1776 
In pursuance of an act of the General Assembly, passed the 4th 

October 1776 The following Commissioners Edw Blake &c to Super- 
intend and direct the Naval affairs of this State, met and previous to 
their forming a board, took the following Oath of Qualification 



VIZ 1 . 

I Do Swear that I will well & truly Execute the 

duties of my Office, as a Commissioner of the Navy Board 

to the best of my skill and Judgment. So help me God 

The Commissioners then proceeded to the election of the First Com- 
missioner, and Edward Blake Esq r . was by a majority of votes 
chosen First Commissioner of the Navy, and took his seat accord- 
ingly- 
Resolved That the following Advertisement, for a Clerk of the 
Board, be published viz*. 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board, give this 
public Notice that they are in want of a Clerk, 
whose duty and Business will be, to keep Regular 
Accot 5 . and Journals of all Transactions, Relating 
to the said Board, also, when required, to go on 
Board the Vessels of War in the service of this 
State, & take exact accounts of the Officers & Sea- 
men on board, to pay off the wages due them 
Respectively, & to make proper returns thereof to 
the said Board, on Oath, The Salary allowed for 
such Business unit be Fourteen Hundred pounds 
per Annum. Any person willing to engage will 
apply before Nine O Clock on Saturday morning, 
the 12th Instant by letter directed to, Edward 
Blake, First Commissioner. 

The Board upon enquiry into the state of the Navy, found that there 
was a vacancy for a Captain to command the brigantine-of-war 
Comet. 

Ordered That the Following Letter be sent to the General Assembly 
then sitting. Vis* . . To the Honble James Parsons Esq., Speaker, & 
Gentlemen of the General Assembly 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board on Enquiry find 
that a Captain is wanted for the Brig 1 Comet They recom- 
mend Captain Stephen Seymour, & Captain Edward 



c 

Allen, as fit Persons for the Legislature to make choice 
of 1 
Adjourn'd to next Saturday morning nine o'clock. 



Navy Board Saturday 12 th Oct r . 1776 
The Board met according to adjournment. 
Present. Edward Blake first Cornmiss 1 " 

Thomas Savage, Josiah Smith Jun Geo Abbot Hall, Thomas Cor- 
bett, Roger Smith, George Smith 

Read several applications to the Board for the Clerk's office & then 
proceeded to choose a Clerk 

M r . John Calvert was declared unanimously Elected to be Clerk of 
this Board & he took the following Oath of qualification viz*. ' 

I John Calvert do swear that I will well & truly execute 
the duties of my Office as Clerk of the Navy Board to the 
best of my skill & Judgement & that I will faithfully keep 
secret the Business of the said Board, when requir'd 

So help me God 
Received a Muster Roll of the Brig* . . Defence 

d . . a Muster Roll of the Brig 1 . . Comet 
The following Letter was sent to Cap* . . Thomas Pickering 
Cap*. . Thomas Pickering 

Y:O>u are hereby required to use the utmost 

diligence in Manning the Brig* . . Defence under your Command & 
getting her ready for Sea, in particular we recommend that you take 
the most effectual means, for recovering the Seamen who have 
deserted from your Vessel as speedily as possible if they are to be 
found in Town & make a return to the Navy Board of your Compli- 
ment of Men by Tuesday next at Nine O Clock in the Morning 
A similar Letter was also sent to Cap* . . Edward Allen Commander 
of the Brig* . . Comet: 

Adjourned to next Tuesday Morning Nine OClock 

1 See Journal of the General Assembly of South Carolina, September 17, 
1776-October 20, 1776, for Wednesday, October 9, 1776, page 09. The same 
journal for the next day shows that Capt. Allen was selected. 



Tuesday ij th . . October 1776. 
The Board met according to Adjournment 

Present: Edward Blake Esq: First Commissioner 
Geo: Abbott Hall, Josiah Smith 
Tho s . . Savage Thomas Corbett 
George Smith Esquires 
Read the Minutes of the last Meeting 

Ordered, That the following Advertisement be inserted in the 
Gazette & that three Hundred Handbills be struck off & dispersed 
in the Country 

The Commissioners of the Navy are in want of a quantity of 
Salted beef and Pork in barrels. Any persons inclined to furnish 
them therewith are desired to send proposals in writing to the sub- 
scriber, mentioning the quantity of salt required for each barrel 
of Beef and Pork, (which the Commissioners will supply the con- 
tractors with upon their entering into contract with them,) and 
the price they will deliver the Beef and Pork at in Charlestown, 
the same being properly cured and packed in tight barrels, weigh- 
ing two hundred pounds neat weight. They are also in want of a 
quantity of Ship Bread and Flour, for which they will give the 
market price, or enter into contract with any person inclined to 
supply them. 

Edward Blake, First Commissioner. 

Returns were received from the officers of the Brigantine Comet 
and the Brigantine Defence. 

Orders were given to Captain Edward Allen to get his Water, 
Provisions, and other necessaries on board, ready to proceed to 
sea as soon as possible, and to report when he is ready. 

Orders were given to Captain Thomas Pickering to apply to the 

Commissary to furnish him with such Sails as are wanting for the 

Brigantine Defence, and other Necessaries to get her ready for Sea. 

Alexander Horn the Public Boat keeper ivus ordered to attend 

the next Meeting. 

Adjourned to next Thursday Morning 9 OClock 



Navy Board Thursday if h . . October 1776. 

The Board met according to Adjournment 

Present 

Edward Blake Esq: First Commissioner 
Thomas Savage, Thomas Corbett] 
Geo: Abbott Hall Josiah Smith ^Esq rs : 
George Smith, Roger Smith \ 

Read the Minutes of last Meeting 

The following Letter was agreed to be sent to M r . . Anthony Bon- 
neau, at George Town. 

Navy Office Charlestown, October 17, 1776. 
M r . . Anthony Bonneau 
Sir 

Cap*. . Seymour having represented to the 

Commissioners of the Navy, the Necessity of having a proper per- 
son at Georgetown to furnish Provisions & ca . . for the armed 
Schooner Rattlesnake stationed there, they will be glad if it should 
suit your Convenience, to transact that business; and in order that 
you may be acquainted with the Nature of it, you will find enclosed 
an indent of such provisions as the Seamen in the Navy are allowed 
daily; also a form of a Return to be made & signed by the Purser 
monthly, when your accounts ought to be made out and transmitted 
to this Board, for the amount of which they will pay your order, 
upon the account being separately certified by the Purser and 
yourself. Captain Seymour is to send to you for provisions as they 
are wanted; for which purpose the Board recommend that you buy 
a good canoe and oars for the schooner, to be used only as a har- 
bour boat; and whenever she may be ordered to sea, the canoe to 
be left in your or some other person's custody, to be taken care of 
until her return. The Commissioners will be glad to know on 
what terms you will transact the above business, to which they will 
give you an immediate answer. 
By order of the Board: 

Edward Blake, First Commissioner. 

The following Letter was wrote to Captain John Copithorn: 
Captain John Copithorn: 

Sir: The Commissioners of the Navy request that you do imme- 
diately make use of your utmost endeavours to procure as many 
Schooners as you can hire for the service of the publick, & inform 
me as soon as possible of your success 

I am Sir your h'ble Serv* . . 
Edward Blake, first Commissioner 



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The following Letter was wrote to Alexander Horn 

Navy Board Cha s . .town ij th Octo r . . 1776 
M r . . Alexander Horn 

Yon are hereby required to hire a sufficient 

number of Negroes t<d cleanse the entrance at the Flood Gate, of the 
stones & rubbish now lying there, in Order to make it convenient to 
receive the Boats belonging to the Public, & you are likewise required 
to have them moved immediately there, as the place is made con- 
venient, & wliere, after being at any time employ' d they are to be 
put until a more convenient place for their reception is fixed upon 
You are also to take particular care that all the Boats are kep't in 
good order & constantly supplyed with Oars, Rudders, & Tillers. 
By order of the Board. 

Edward Blake, first Commissioner 

The following Letter ivas wrote to Edward Darrell Esq r . 
Edward Darre// Esq r 

Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board require 
that you will, with all possible dispatch, Furnish Cap* . . Edw* 1 . . 
Allen of the brigantine Comet, and Captain Tho s . . Pickering of 
the Brig* . . Defence, ttnth all such stores as are necessary to com- 
plete said Vessels for Sea 

I am 

Your h'ble Serv*. . 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
October 17. 1776. 
The following Letter was wrote to Captain Stephen Seymour: . 

Navy Board, Charles Town 17 th Octob r 1776 
Captain Stephen Seymour: 
Sir 

An Act having passed the General Assembly 

the 9 th April Last, For the more effectual prevention of the Deser- 
tion of the Soldiers & Sailors in the service of this state, The Com- 
missioners of the Navy now Furnish you, with some Copies of the 
same, for your guide, at the station where your Vessell is, & you are 
hereby required to give your utmost assistance, for the apprehend- 
ing, securing, & sending to their respective Vessells, or Regiments, 
such Deserters as may be taken at or about George Town, & that 
you Furnish the Keeper of the George Town Ferry, with one Of 
the Acts, that he may be assisting therein, Also that you desire 
the attention of the Majistrates & others to the same, The Com- 



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missioners have wrote a Letter to M r . Bonneau, desireing him to 
furnish you with the necessary Provissions for the Rattle Snake, 
and in Order that there may be proper regulations observed, M r . 
Bonneau is desired to purchase a Canoe, for the purpose of carrying 
the Provissions, which you are to send for as often as they are 
wanted, The Daily allowance of which for each man is inclosed 
with a Form for your purser or other Officer appointed for that pur- 
pose, who is to give an Acco*. to the Commissioners what time the 
provissions are wanted, when they are to be punctually sent for; & 
your self, your Purser, or person appointed for the purpose, are to 
make a Monthly Return upon Oath, of the provissions, which shall 
be received, & the Expenditure thereof, which you are to Transmit 
to us, that the Commissary's Acco ts . . may be Examin'd 

You will also direct your Boatswain, Carpenter & Gunner, to 
make a quarterly return of their Stores to you, which you are to- 
sign & forward to this Board 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 
The following Letter was wrote to Cap* Edward Allen: 
Cap 1 . Edward Allen 
Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy have thought 
fit to appoint, Nathaniel Havens to be Purser of the Brig 1 . Comet, & 
desire that you will receive him to Act in that station, & put all such 
stores as are now on board belonging to his Department into his 
Charge . 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Oct r . i; th . 1776^ 

The following Advertisement was Ordered to be given to M r . 
Samuel Prioleau Jun r 

To be sold at Auction on Thursday the 24 th Instant, before the 
Exchange, Two Schooners One Lying at Col Gadsdens wharf, the 
other in the Marsh near thereto, with their furniture and Tackle as 
they now Lye, By Order of the Commissioners of the Navy 
Octo r . 17 th . 1776 Samuel Prioleau Jun r & C 

Then the Board adjourned to next Saturday Morning 9 OClock 



II 

Navy Board Saturday ip" 1 . . October 1776 
The Board met according to Adjournment 

Present 

Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 
George Abbot Hall Josiah Smith ) _ rs 
George Smith Thomas CorbettV 
Read the Minutes of last Meeting 

Received a Letter from Arch d Brown & C : with proposals to con- 
tract for Pork & Bread. 

Received a Letter from William Hopkins with proposals to Con- 
tract for 20 Barrels Flour 

An Order was sent to Edward Darrell Esq r viz 1 . 
Sir/ 

You are Desired by the Commissioners of the Navy Board to 
procure the within mentioned Instrument for the use of the Brigg*. 
Defence Edward Blake first Comis r 

October 19 th . 1776 To Edward Darrell Esq r . Commissary 

The following Letter was sent to M r . Anth y . Bonneau 

Cha s Town 19 th Octob r . 1776 
M r . Anthony Bonneau 

Sir The Commissioners of the Navy are in want of 100 
Bbls hard Pitch 100 Bbls Tarr & 20 Bbls good Clean Turpentine, 
the Casks to be very good, Also any quantity of Tallow that can be 
Procured; they will be glad that you will Purchase and ship them 
by any good Opportunity for Charles Town, & as Speedily as possi- 
ble the above Articles for the Amo 1 . of which Your Order on the 
Commissioners of the Navy will be punctually paid The Commis- 
sioners are informed that you have a Quantity of Cordage by you 
such as the Public are at Present in want of They will be glad to 
have it sent round to Charles Town at the same time as the Naval 
stores are shipped; also any other Cordage, and sail-duck that you 
can purchase at George Town, for which your order will be paid. 

By order of the Board: 
Edward Blake First Commissioner. 

P S. 

The Price of Cordage in Charles Town 
is 15. <{$ ioo tw . which the Commissioners 
are willing to Allow you at George Town 

Cap*. Stephen Seymour applyed to the Board to know what 
Number of Men would be allowed for the Schooner Rattle Snake 



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And the Board Resolved to allow the said Vessell Fifty men as 
her full Complement. 

Then the Board adjourned to next Monday Evening 5. 
OClock 



Navy Board Monday 2i st . Octob r . 1776 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 5. oClock. 



Navy Board Tuesday 22 d Octob r . 1776 
Adjourned to Thursday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 24 th Octob 1 ". 1776 
The Board Met according to Adjournment 

Present. 
Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Thomas Savage Geo Abbot Hall 1 ^ 

T> c vu ( Esq rs 

Roger bmith \ 

J 

Read the Minutes of the last meeting 

A Letter was wrote to Mess Arch d Brown & C viz 1 . 

Navy Board Cha s Town 24* Oct r . 1776 
Gentlemen 

Your proposals to Contract with this Board for Two 
Hundred Barrels of good Pork, at Fifteen pounds ^r Barrel, 
(allowing you one Bushel of Salt for Each,) they agree to, and are 
ready to Enter into Contract with you for that Quantity, to be deliv- 
erd in Charles Town, as speedily as possible 

The Bread they will Treat with you for, as 
it comes to Market. 

By order to the Board 
Edward Blake 

One Thousand Certificates were Ordered to be struck of Imme- 
diately in the following words viz*. 
South Carolina 

Know all Men that I 

have entered, and I do hereby Certify, that I have Voluntarily 
entered, into the Navy of the state aforesaid, on board the 

And I do hereby engage to be true and faith- 
full in the said Service, untill I shall be discharged by Public 



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authority, and also to be bound by, and to Obey, all and every Rule, 
Resolve, Order, and Regulation, made, or to be made, by the Legis- 
lature of the state aforesaid, or by the Commissioners of the Navy, 
And I do hereby Acknowledge the Receipt of 

Witness my hand this 
A Letter was sent to Cap*. John Turner 
Cap 1 . John Turner 

You are hereby required to attend the Commissioners of 
the Navy at the Board to morrow Evening. 

By order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Navy Board 
Octo r . 24 th . 1776 

Adjourned to tomorrow Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Friday 25* October, 1776. 

The Board met according to adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

, Roger Smith George Smith ) rs 

Geo Ab 1 . Hall i 

Read The Minutes of Last Meeting- 



Agreed to take M r . W m Hopkins's 20 Barrels ,of Flour @ 8.10 ^ 
O. to be delivered to Edw d Darrell Esq r Commissary 

A Letter was wrote to Cap 1 . Edw d Allen. 
Cap 1 . Edward Allen 

Sir/ The Commissioners of the Navy desire you 
will take out of the Brig 1 Comet, Four of the Carriage Guns, as 
they think the Number now on Board rather Hurtfull than of Ser- 
vice 

By Order of the Board 
Octo r . 25 th 1776 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Resolved that the following Sparrs be provided for the use of 
the Navy of this state, & that M r First Commissioner do give direc- 
tions for the same 
20 Sparrs from 50 to 70 feet Long & from 1 6 to 30 Inches Diamiter 

10 Sparrs from 30 to 40 D. . & from 16 to 22 Inches D 

50 Sparrs from 30 to 40 D . & from 10 to 16 Inches D 
40 Sparrs from 36 to 46 D & from 10 to 15 Inches D 

in the Middle 



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loo Sparrs from 24 to 38 D & from 6. to 10 Inches D 

in the Middle 

100 Sparrs from 20 to 35 D & from 5 to 9 Inches D 

The following Letter was received from His Excellency 
the President, in consequence of an application having been made to 
him by the first Commissioner, for his Opinion; whether the Com- 
missioners of the Navy, have not full power to Order' the Vessels 
belonging to this State upon a Cruize, when they shall think proper ? 
His Excellency [break] 

I proposed to the Council your Query; whether the Com- 
missioners of the Navy have Authority to order the armed Vessells, 
in the service of this State, to Sea, or on a Cruize? And the Board 
was unanimously of Opinion that they have not. 

I shall be glad, that the Vessels may, as soon as possible 
be in Readiness to proceed to Sea, on the shortest notice, and, from 
time to time, to have the earliest Intimation, whenever they are so, & 
of what Destinations, the Commissioners think proper, to Recom- 
mend, as, much Attention will be had to their Recommendations 

"I am Sir 

Your very Hbl e . Serv 1 . 
October 25 th . 1776 J Rutledge 

Resolved That this Board are unanimously of Opinion That by 
the Act establishing the Board of Commissioners, Full powers are 
vested in them to superintend & direct all Matters relative to the 
Navy, except Contracting for Building Ships & Materials for the 
same, Erecting Public Rope Walks, & ship Yards, altering or making 
void any Contracts heretofore made, by the President and Privy 
Council, Or the appointment of Officers of the Navy 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 OClock 



Navy Board Saturday 26 th Octob r 
Adjourned to Monday 28 th at 6 oClock Evens 



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Navy Board Monday 28 th October 
The Board met according to Adjournment. 

Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner. 

Thomas Savage Geo Abbott Half 

Roger Smith George Smith J. Esqrs. 

Thomas Corbett 

Read The Minutes of Last Meeting 
Resolved that the Commissary of the Navy Department be directed 
to purchase such a Quantity of Flour as there is Immediate Acca- 
sion for at the lowest price; 

Also to purchase Two or Three Tons of Iron 
The following Message was agreed to to be sent to his Exc y 
the Prest viz 1 

Navy Board Charles Town 28 th October 1776 

Sir. 

The Commissioners of the Navy on enquiry, find, that no 
Contract has yet been made, for any of the Gallies, and agreable to 
the Act ; appointing that Board, the Commissioners have no authority 
to Enter into any Contract, for Building, without the Concurrence 
of the President and Privy Council, The Commissioners Therefore, 
desire your Excellency will (if it is judged necessary) give directions 
to Enter into Contract with such persons, as are willing to under- 
take the Building of Gallies, and to provide Necessaries for the 
same 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 

The first Commissioner was desired to wait upon the President, 
& Acquaint him, That the Board were of opinion it would be for the 
service of this State, that the Armed Vessels Comet, & Defence, 
should proceed directly, to One of the French Islands in the West 
Indies in order to procure Seamen where (by information they have 
received") there are good Grounds to believe may be readily obtained, 
& that they Could carry Indie o to the value of 500. Sterling each, 
to defray their Expenses & purchase such necessaries as may be 
wanting 

Adjourned to Wednesday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 3O th October 1776 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 5 OClock 



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Navy Board. Thursday 3 I st October 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Abbott Hall Thomas Savage | . 
Thomas Corbett Roger Smith ^ 
Read The Minutes of Last Meeting 

Ordered Cap*. Pickering to drop the Brig 4 . Defence down 
to Rebellion Road tomorrow 

Agreed that a Letter of Instructions be drawn up for Cap 1 
Pickering of the Defence Brig 1 , of Warr to proceed on a Cruize and 
M r . Hall was desired to prepare and report the same tomorrow 

Evening 

Adjourned to tomorrow Evening 5. OClock 



Navy Board Fryday I st . November 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present. Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Thomas Corbett Geo A Hall Roger Smith Esq rs 

Read the Minutes of last meeting 

Agreed ; that application be made to the President for Eight Hun- 
dred Bushells of Salt ; to be delivered to the Commissioners of the 
Navy for salting provisions for the use of the Navy, 
Agreed. . That the first Commissioner do twite to James Black T 
Stone & Russel, Paul Pritchard & Clement Lempriere, to know on 
what terms they will undertake to Build, the Row G allies, by what 
time they will have them finished, and what quantity of Iron will be 
requisite for Each Galley. 

Adjourned to tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 2 d November 1776 . 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George A. Hall Tho s Corbett Roger Smith Esq rs . . 
Read &c a . 

A Letter was wrote to Clement Lempriere Esq r - 

South Carolina November I st 1776 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy having been Informed, 
that you have Engaged with his Excellency, the President to Build 



a Row Galley for this State, They desire that you will as soon as 
Possible, Acquaint them by Letter on what Terms you are to Build 
the said Galley, the Particular Dimensions, when she is to be fin- 
ished, and what Quantity of Iron will be wanted to Compleat 

her I am Sir 

Your Most Hbl e Serv 1 . 
Edward Blake I st Commiss r 

Copies of the above Letter were sent to Paul Pritchard, 
James Black, & Stone & Russell, 

Received the following Order from the President : 
The Commissioners for buying Salt for the Public to dispose of 
eight hundred Bushels of it, to the Commissioners of the Navy, 

(sign'd) J Rutledge 

2 d Novem r . 1776 

A Letter was received from His Excellency the President 
viz 1 . 

Gentlemen 

I desire that you will be pleased to ship a Thou- 
sand pounds Sterl g worth of Indigo, on Board the Defence, and 
Order Cap*. Pickering to proceed to Cape Francois, there to dispose 
of it, And with the Proceeds to procure for our service, as many 
good seamen as the Vessell can bring, Arms, Sail Duck, & such 
other Articles, as you think usefull for this State, & if M r . Provaux, 
whom he will probably meet there, has Obtained any Heavy Cannon 
for us, to bring two pieces of it, if he can Conveniently, You will 
also order him, to sweep the Coast to the Southward both going & 
Coming, Wind permitting, Be pleased to have the Verbal Contracts, 
which I made with Lempriere, Black, & Pritchard, for building Row 
Gallies reduced into writing & Executed, And lay in, Spars, Yards, 
Oakum, Iron, & such other articles as you think Necessary for the 
Vessells belonging to this State, & for those Row Gallies, 

I am Gen 1 

Y r . very hble Serv*. 
(signed) J. Rutledge 

Cha s Town. Oct r 3i st 1776 
The Comm rs . of the Navy 

The following Letter, containing Orders for Cap* . . Pickering was 
reported to the Board by M r . . Hall, the same being read ivas agreed 
to. 



2 H. C. 



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Navy Board Cha s . . town 2 Novem r . . 1776. 
Captain Thomas Pickering 

Your Commission aw Captain of the Brigan- 

tine of War Defence will be delivered you, with this, together with 
Commissions & Warrants for your Lieutenants & other Officers, 
which you will have read to your ships Company that they may 
know who to Obey in their different stations & then deliver them to 
each Officer respectively before you proceed to Sea You will also 
receive from the Clerk of this Board the following Papers Rules of 
Descipline & good Government to be observed on board the Vessells 
of War belonging to the state of South Carolina, which, you will 
Cause to be frequently read to Your ships Company Instructions 
for the Captain or Commander of any of the Vessells belonging to 
this State, Instructions for the Lieutenants Instructions for the 
Master Instructions for the Purser Instructions for the Carpen- 
ter Directions for the Gunner & Armourer Directions for the 
Boatswain & Sailmaker which you will deliver to the Different 
Officers after Making your Clerk enter them in a Book for that Pur- 
pose 

The Defence having her Guns, Amunition, stores and Provis- 
sions on board & being every way equipped for a Cruize You are 
hereby directed to embrace the first favorable Opertunity of pro- 
ceeding to sea, And after you are over the Barr, Steer along the 
Coast untill you arrive off S l . Augustine keeping a good look out for 
a Sloop Commanded by one Osborne which has been fitted out from 
thence & is said to be Cruizing upon this Coast which you are to use 
every Possible means to take After you have been off S l . Augus- 
tine You are to proceed to Cape Francois in Hispaniola, where there 
is the greatest reason to Think that you m-ay procure Seamen, which 
is in the most particular manner recommended to \ou, & that you 
use every endeavour to ship as many as your Vessel can Conveni- 
ently bring, for which purpose there is put on board the Defence 16 
Casks of Indigo Amo^ to 7032. .10. . Currency which upon your 
arrival, You will put into the hands of M r . Duraseau, or the most 
capital Merchant there to sell for Cash, that You may be enabled to 
pay the Bounty to the Seamen you may Ship, & purchase such pro- 
vissions & necessaries as you may want, after which You are to pro- 
cure a quantity of stores necessary for the Navy, that is, such which 
cannot be procured here, for Instance, Canvas, Twine, Quadrants,* 
Paint, Oil, Compasses, sand Glasses, Slops for Seamen, 6 & 4 lb shot, 
& Grape Shott, the remainder of the money to be invested in good 



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Muskets with Bayonets, which you are carefully to examine, as some 
which are not proof have been sent out to the French West Indies, 
You will bring with you proper acco ts . of the sale of the Indigo, & 
Vouchers for the Monies Laid out If You should Meet M r . 
Provoaux at Cape Francois, & he has purchased any heavy Cannon 
for the use of this State, You are to take two of them in the 
Defences hold & shott for them, if it can be done without any detri- 
ment or disadvantage to the Vessell, In case of Your Death the 
command is to devolve to Your first Lieutenant & should he fall the 
2 d : Lieutenant succeeds, & so in rotation You have Liberty to 
cruise for three Months from the time of your sailing, during which 
You are to sink, burn, Take, or distroy any ship, or Vessel, belonging 
to the King of Great Britain, or the subjects of Great Britain, 
Ireland, the British West India Islands, East & West Florida, Halli- 
fax, Quebec, or Newfoundland, observing that any Prizes which 
you may take, a Carefull good Officer is to be put on board as Prize 
Master, Together with a Sufficient Number of Men to Navigate 
them to Charles Town or any convenient inlet in the State of South 
Carolina where all Your prizes are to be sent ; should it happen that 
you are fortunate enough to take a prize, or prizes, early in Your 
Cruize near the Islands, it is recommended to You, to send her for- 
ward, and go into any French or Dutch Port that may be most Con- 
venient, & supply Your Vessel with more Men, Continuing your 
Cruize till the Time Limited, unless You think it necessary to convoy 
any Prize you may take to this Coast, in which case it is left to your 
own Discretion, so that you do not Exceed the Limit of your Cruize, 
allowing for usual Passage from Your Cruizing Ground which is 
Left to Yourself to chuse & to return by the way of S l Augustine, & 
scour the Coast from thence to this Port. You are to Treat any 
Prisoners you may take, with the greatest Humanity & Tenderness, 
& upon no Consideration, stFffer the Honour of the American Arms 
to be stained by any Act of Cruelty or Inhumanity, if any Seamen 
that you take are Inclined to enter into the Service, give them the 
Bounty, & allow them the same wages as Your other Men receive, 
from the time they sign the Attestation You are to take every 
Opportunity that may offer, to advise the Commissioners of the 
Navy where you are, & of Every Transaction that may happen, 
worth Communicating to them Your Letters are to be directed, 
To Edward Blake Esq r . First Commissioner of the Navy Board 
Charles Town S Carolina 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



2O 

Navy Board Monday 4 th . . November 17/6. 
The Board met according to Adjournment 

Present 

Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
George Smith Josiah Smith | rg 
GeoAHall Thomas Corbettj Sq " 
Read the Minutes of last meeting 

The Board agreed to take from M r Robert Gibbes fifty Bar- 
rels of Beef well Cured, a 14 <$ Barrel, and to be delivered in good 
tight Barrels in Cha s Town allowing him One Bushel of Salt for 
Each Barrel, 
The following Letter was^ 

wrote to Cap 1 . Pickering | Navy Board Cha s Town S Carolina 
Capt n . Thomas Pickering 4 th Nove r . 1776 

The Commissioners of the Navy having 

received Intelligence that a Ship & Sloop belonging to the subjects 
of Great Britain are Loading at S* Marys River which is guarded by 
two small Vessels from S* Augustine You are without delay to pro- 
ceed off the Port of Sunbury in Georgia where if no Pilot Boat 
should be off & the weather will permit send your Boat on Shore 
with an Officer to the Committee there to get a Pilot Acquainted 
with S 1 . Marys River & Immediately proceed to the said River where 
You will endeavour to Take or Destroy the Cruizers & bring off the 
Vessels Loading provided they belong to the Subjects of Great 
Britain Ireland & c in doing which it is apprehended You will Meet 
with no difficulty 

The following Letter was wrote to the Committee of Sun- 

bury 

To The Committee at Sunbury 

Gent" Having received intelligence that Two Vessells are Load- 
ing at S 4 Marys Covered by Two small 'armed Vessels The Commis- 
sioners of the Navy have given directions to Capt n Pickering of the 
Vessel of warr Defence, to Call off your Port & require Your assist- 
ance to obtain a Pilot for S* Marys River which they will be glad 
that You will procure for him as speedily as Possible & render him 
any other service which he may require after which he has direc- 
tions to Proceed to S* . . Marys River in quest of the cruisers and 

Vessels Loading 

By Order of the Navy Board 

Edward Blake first Commissioner. 

Ordered That The Pilot Boat Hibernia be this day discharged from 
the Public Service 

Adjourned to tomorrow Evening 6 O'Clock 



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Navy Board Tuesday 5"'. November 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

George Smith Josiah Smith ) 

I 

George A Hall Thomas Corbett ^ 
Read the Minutes &c 

It having appeared to the Board that the Present Public boat 
Keeper Alexander Horn has not done the duty required of him in 
having the boats repaired & removed to the place appointed for 
them with in the Flood gate he is Ordered to attend the Board at 
their next Meeting to answer for his Neglect 

Ordered That The first Commissioner do Draw the Three follow- 
ing Orders on the Commissioners of the Treasury for Sixteen Casks 
of Indigo shipp'd on board the Brig*, of war Defence viz*. 
N i One Order in favour of Thomas Corbett for. . 

Amount of Four Casks of Indigo 

2 One Order in favour of Edward & John Blake , 

for Amount of Five Casks of Indigo 

T, One Order in favour of William Parker for) 

A rc , ,,,.,. V 2802.15 

Amount of Seven Casks ot indigo \ 



7032.. 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday J ih . . November 
The Bpurd met according to Adjournment. 

Present. 

Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Thomas Corbett Geo Abbot Hall} rs 

Josiah Smith C 

Read the Minutes &c a : 

Alexander Horn having attended the Board was reprimanded & 
Engaged that all the Public boats under his Care should be in good 
order in Ten days 

Resolved that the Guns & stores be removed from on board the 
Pilot boat Hibernia and that Cap 1 . Edward Darrell do Cause the 
same to be removed 



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The Following Letter was Received from Mr. Thomas Wade 
directed to Edward Blake Charles-Town 

George Town 29 th October 1776 

Sir/ As by the advertisement signed by your names I understand 
you are One of the Commissioners to Contract for Pork and Beef 
for the Public, and Navy of this Province, and as I have for sale a 
Quantity of that Article, should gladly supply you with any quantity 
of Pork, under four or five Hundred Barrels, but if you Engage 
to do it, you must supply me with 5/2 a bushel of Salt to Cure each 
Barrel, and any Ingagement that may be made by the Bearer, M r . 
John Packrow, of George Town, I will abide by, and Comply w-ith, 
and your Letter of the Price you and he may agree on, will Oblige, 

Your Humble Serv 1 . 

(signed) Thomas Wade 

The following Letter was received from His Excellency the Presi- 
dent 

Noif . . 7. 1776. 
Gent: 

I have received Intelligence that two Armed Vessells, from 
S*. Augustine, infest the Southern part of Georgia, & will probably 
come on this Coast, a Detachment from the Second Regiment is 
therefore Ordered on board of the Brig 1 Comet, You will be pleased 
to give Cap* Allen Orders, to proceed with them in her, with the 
utmost Dispatch, on a Cruize, for a Fortnight, scouring the Coast 
from this Port to S*. Augustine and in so doing, Acting in Conjunc- 
tion with the Defence, if they should meet., 

Your Most Obed 4 Serv*. 

The Comm rs : of the Navy (signed) J. Rutledge 

of South Carolina 

The following Instructions were sent to Cap*. Allen 

Navy Board Cha s Town 7 th Nov r 1776 
Cap*. Edward Allen 

The Comet Brigg of Warr, whereof you are 
Commissioned as Captain, being now ready for sea, You will receive 
a Commission for Your 2 d Lieutenant & warrants for the other 
officers, which are to be read to Your ships Company that each officer 
may be properly Obeyed, You will also receive Rules of Decipline 
& good Government to be Observed in the Navy of this State 
Instructions for the Captain, Lieutenants, the Master, the Purser 
& the Carpenter also Directions for the Gunner & Armourer Boat- 
swain & Sailmaker, which you are to have Entered in a Book for 



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that Purpose, & then delivered to each Officer Respectively You 
are to embrace the very first Oppertunity to proceed to sea, & as 
Your Vessell is not Compleatly manned, a detachment of a Lieuten- 
ant, Serjeant, two Corporals & Twenty Eight Privates, of the Second 
Regiment, are under orders to go on board your Vessell, whom you 
are to send boats for early tomorrow Morning, & by all means dur- 
ing your Cruize, keep up the Strictest harmony both by Yourself; 
Officers, & Men, with the Officers & Men of the Land Service, that 
the General Good may not suffer by Private Animosity or Quarrels, 
& they are to be allowed in every respect the same Rations as Your 
Seamen receive Immediately as you get over the Barr Proceed 
with the greatest dispatch to the Southward, & endeavour to fall in 
near Sunbury, where if the weather will permit, or no boat should 
be off, send your own boat on shore, to enquire for Captain Picker- 
ing of the Defence, who you will by all means endeavour to Join ; & 
shew him the Orders now given to You, which are that under his 
Command, you are to Act in Conjunction, & endeavour to fall in 
with, and take, or destroy, Two small armed Vessels belonging to 
the King or Subjects of Great Britain, which are said to be Cruizing 
on the Southward part of this Coast, also any Merchant Men, that 
you may fall in with belonging to Great Britain, Ireland, the British 
West Indies, East & West Florida, Hallifax, Queebeck, or New 
Foundland, Your Cruise is to be Continued for a Fortnight or Three 
weeks, between S* Augustine & this Port, during which should 
you be fortunate enough to take any Prizes, You are to man & send 
them into this Port; or any Convenient Inlet in this State, And to 
use Your Prisoners with the greatest humanity & Tenderness, that 
no Reflection may be cast on the Honour of the American Arms 
through your means, If any Opertunity should offer, Advise the 
Commissioners of the Navy, Any Transactions worth- Communicat- 
ing, directed to Edward Blake, Esq., i st Commissioner of the Navy, 
Upon your return you are to send Your boat on shore at Sullivan's 
Island, that the Officer there may examine whether you have the 
Small Pox or other infectious Distemper on board, in which Case 
your vessel must perform Quarantine 
By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake I st Commissioner 

In Consiquence of Cap 1 . Thomas Wades Letter M r . John 
Pack row Agreed to Supply the Board with Pork a 18. <j$ Barrel 
which was Rejected. 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board . . .Monday n th November 1776 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . I st Commiss 1 " 

George A Hall, George Smith Josiah Smith Esq rs 
Read the minutes &c 

Received a Note from M r . Charles Burkmier to Contract for 30 
Barrels of Beef a 16 ^ Barrel Rejected 

Agreed to furnish M r , Will" 1 Hest with 200 Bushels of salt to 
Enable him to procure Hemp from the Back Country for the use of 
the Navy 

Received a Letter from Cap*. Thomas Pickering 

Off Sunbury Thursday Noon 
M r ,, Blake Sir/ 

We left Charles Town Barr Yesterday about Ten 
OClock & having a fine Breese stood a Longshore all Night, & this 
Morning fell in with a sloop, after giving chase all day, we came up 
with her about Two oClock, she proved to be a French Sloop from 
the Cape bound for Charles Town M r . Aberdie Master, he is the 
Gentleman who delivers You this. I Received several Articles from 
him before we parted, As he complained of being a stranger to the 
Place & People, I have taken the liberty to give him these few lines 
to you ; any services you can render him, will infinitely Oblige me ; 
the wind at Present is small and off the Land, am much afraid we 
shall be puzzled to make Sunbury, however shall do my Endeavours 
to discharge the trust reposed in me, the People upon Deck Call out 
a sail and as we are preparing to give Chace I must Conclude I 
Remain, Sir, 

Your Obed*. HbK Serv'. 
(signed) Tho s Pickerin 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday n thl November 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Thomas Corbett Josiah Smith Geo Ab 1 Hall Esq rs 
Read the Minutes &c. 

Received A Letter from Zackriah Nettles offering to Contract for 
160 Bbls Pork at 15 <P bl which was agreed to 

*A clerical error. It should have been I4th. 



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A Letter was also rec d from Jacob Willaman offering- to supply 200 
bbs Beef & the same quantity of Pork 

Rejected 

The Pilot boat Hibernia being Out of repair, & at the request 
of the proprietors discharged the service. The Board are of Opinion 
That there is an Absolute necessity for Two Pilot Boats to attend 
the Bar, as they find that one Boat is not Adequate to the service, 
being frequently Obliged to be Cleaned Therefore Resolved that 
application be made to the President, Acquainting him of the Neces- 
sity of having Two Boats, Constantly to Attend the Bar & harbour 
of Charles Town, and that he will be pleased to give directions for 
the Purchasing, Building, or Hireing, another Boat, for that Pur- 
pose, Agreed that the first Commissioner do wait on the President 
to Inform him of the above resolution 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following sums in 
favour of 

N 4 Alexander Baldridge for 5 Bbls Flour 8 ^ tw 108.6.4 
D. 5 Aaron M c Worter & Jn Sturgion 8 Bbls d. .8- 137.. 10.4 

(Philip Hart 20 d- -d a 10 46S..8..8 

D. 6 | Ditto d 12 d. da8.io 22013.2 

D. 7 Chas Morgan & E Sawyer 153 Y ds . Ozens 5 a 2O/ 153 
D. 8 Fred k . David Cruger i6 Gall 5 Linseed Oil a go/ 74 5 

D 9 John Dorsius 3366 tw Barr Iron a 12.10 ^ tw 420.. 15 

io.Alex r . Elsinore p d his wife part of wages 40 

11 Woodward Flowers 579 tw . Indigo a 257. . . 723.15 

12 Peter Prouce for Mend g the Comets Sails 78. . 



2424.12.10 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Monday i8 th Novem r . . 1776 
Adjourned to Thursday Evening 6 oClock 

Thursday 21 st November 1776. 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present. Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Roger Smith Geo Abbott Hall ) rs _ 
Josiah Smith Thomas Corbett ^ 
Read the minutes & c . 
Agreed in future to have all Letters received by this board Duly 



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I 

Numbered & Entered in the Journals, from whom, & for what pur- 
pose rece d and filed to be refer'd to 

The first Commissioner informed the Board that he had waited 
on the President concerning the purchase of another Pilot-Boat, who 
gave for answer; "The Commissioners of the Navy might do what 
they thought Necessary in this matter and they should be Justified 
for so doing" 

Resolved that Cap 1 . Ammonette be offered Eight Hundred Con- 
tinental Dollars for his Boat 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the follow g sums in 
favour of 
N 13 Thomas Richey for 8 Bb ls . Flower i8i6 w N et . a 5.10^99.17.7. 

14 George Maker for 2 Bb ls . ditto . .492 . .5.10 27.1.2 
Ditto . . . . 5 Keggs Butter 441 w . a5/i 10.5. 237.3.9 



M r . . James Black attended the Board, & agreed to Build a Galley, 
at the same price as Cap* . . Lempriere agreed to Build for 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Friday 22 d Novem r . 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. . . .Edward Blake Esq r . . first Commiss 1 " 

Josiah Smith George Abb 1 Hall, Tho s Corbett Esq rs 
Read the Minutes &c a . 

M r . Hall reported that he had agr cable to the Resolution of the 
Board last Night Purchased from Cap 1 . Ammonette his Pilot Boat 
Called the Glory of America for the Sum of One Thousand Three 
Hundred Pounds currency, Together with her Stores & ca . as <{$ In- 
ventory No. 15. 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 O' Clock 



Navy Board Monday 25 th Novem r . 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commission 1 ". 

George Abbot Hall, Thomas Corbett, Josiah Smith Esquires 
Read the Minutes & c 

M r . . Alexander Horn having represented to the Board that the 
Multiplicity of Business he is engaged in prevents his paying due 



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attention to the Public Boats Committed to his care he therefore 

requests the Board will accept of his resignation 

The Board accordingly accepted M r . Horns resignation 
Resolved That M r . McCulley Righten be appointed Public Boat 
Keeper 

The following Letter was wrote to M r . Alex r . Horn 
Sir 

You are desired by the Commissioners of the Navy to deliver to 
M r M c Culley Righten all the Boats belonging to the Public of S 
Carolina in your Charge, together with the Oars, Rudders, &., 
And as soon as possible bring in your accoumpt.to the Commis- 
sioners 

Edward Blake 
November 25 th 1776 

The Following Letter was wrote to M r . M c Culley Righten 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy have appointed you Boat 
Keeper in the Room of M r . Alex r Horn and desire that you will 
have all the Public Boats put in good repair and Provided with 
good Oars, Rudders, and Tillers, as soon as possible. Also to have 
the Flood gate Cleared of stones & c . and all the Boats removed and 
kept within the Flood gate 

November 25 th 1776 Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Resolved, that M r . . Righton be allowed jo/. ^ day as Boat 
Keeper 
The following Letter was wrote to Clement Lempriere Esq. 

Navy Board 25 th Novem 1 ". 1776 
Sir. 

The Board of Commissioners Accept your proposal for the 
Building of a Row Galley Viz* to pay you Three pounds Ten Shill- 
ings Sterling ^ Ton, the Measurement to be the Length Multiplied 
by the Breadth and half Breadth & request you finish the same with 
all possible Dispatch I am & c 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 o Clock 



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Navy Board Thursday 28 th November 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

George Smith, Josiah Smith, Thomas Savage Esq is . 
Read the Minutes. 
Agreed That The following Order be sent to M r . Righton 

Sir 

You are Desired by the Commissioners to Endeavour to 
Engage Eight good Negroe Boat Men on the best Terms to be 
Constantly Employed under your Direction and report to the Board 
on Saturday Evening 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Novem r . 28 th 1776 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 3O th November 1776 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . Chairman 

Thomas Corbett, Geo Abbot Hall, Roger Smith, Esq rs 
Read the Minutes &c a . 

Ni A Letter was received- from Cap*. Edward Allen Commander of 
the Brig*. Comet Dated S*. Catharines Novem r . 15 th 1776 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board, Thursday 5 December, 1776. 
The Board met According to Adjournment. 

Present. 

Thomas Corbett Esq r . . Chairman 
Roger Smith, Geo : Abbott Hall 
Thomas Savage. Esquires. 

Cap*. Edward Allen attended the Board on his Arrivall with Two 
Prizes, Viz. a Sloop called the George from Jamaica & Owned there 
And a Schooner called the Maria from S* Vincents, & Owned in 
Liverpoole 

Ordered that the Clerk do waite on his Excellency the Presi- 
dent, to desire he will give a pass to the Forts, for the Little Pilot 
Boat (Hawk) Lately purchased. 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Saturday 7 th December 1776 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening- 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 9 th December 1776 

adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday io th December 1776 

The Board Mett according to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Corbett, Tho s Savage, Geo Smith, Geo Abb*. Hall, Esq rs 
The Clerk reported that he waited on his Excellency the President 
according to Order And his Excellency gave an Order to the Forts, 
Johnson & Moultrie to pass the the said Pilot Boat (which he named 
the Hawk) on a proper Signal to be agreed on between the boat and 
the said Forts. 

M r . Hezekiah Anthony applyed as having a 1 as first Lieu- 
tenant of the Brigg 1 of Warr Comet dated, the io th Augs*. 1776 he 
being then on the late Cruise, and now Claims his wages as first 
Lieu 1 , from the io th of Augs*. the time of the date of his Commis- 
sion 

Resolved that the Pilot Boat (Hawk) be sent to George Town 
under the Command of M r . Stone or M r . Philips for such Articles 
as the Board shall Order from thence . 

Ordered that an Anchor from the Brigg 4 . Comet, and a Cable 
from the Floating Battery, be sent to Sullivants Island for the use 
of the works Carrying on there by Gen 1 Gadsden by an application 
to this Board by him for that Purpose 

N 15. The Board Agreed to Draw on the Treasury for the sums 
following in faviour of Cap*. Edward Allen 

2i tw Tallow a 5/io d ^ tw 6.2.6. 

5 boat. Oars 16 feet Each a 2/4 ^ foot 9.6.8 

334 tw . Beef.. y 2 A ^ tw 19.9.8 

i Anchor w 1 . 542 tw . a 15.^ C w 81.6. . .116.4.10 



N. 16 Floren Cha s Mey for 8000 wt . Iron a 12.10 ^ C*. . . looo 
Adjourned to meet Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



J The word "commission" was evidently omitted here. 



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Navy Board Thursday 12 th December 1776 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment. 
Present. Thomas Corbett Esq r . Chairman 

Thomas Savage, Josiah Smith, Geo Ab 4 Hall, Esq rs . 
N 2 A Letter Received from M r . Anthony Bonneau in George Town 
dated the 6 th of December 1776 

N 3 A Letter from Gen 1 Gadsden dated Fort Moultrie the n th of 
December 1776 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 16th December, 1776. 

The Board Mett according to adjournment. 

Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Roger Smith, Tho s Corbett, Tho s Savage 
Josiah Smith, George Smith Esq rs 

N 4 A Letter Received from Cap 4 . Stephen Seymour of the 
Schooner Rattle Snake stationed at George Town dated the 12 th 
December 1776 

N 5 A Letter Received from Lieu* W m . Seaward first Lieu 1 , of the 
Brigg 4 Defence dated Cape Nichola Mole November 3O th 1776 

Agreed that the first Commissioner do furnish the Clerk with 
Two Thousand Pounds in Order to proceed to George Town to pay 
off the People belonging to the Rattle Snake Stationed there 

Agreed that the first Commissioner do direct M r Hezekiah 
Anthony to Repair on board the Comet and Act as Second Lieu 1 on 
board the said Brigg in Case of Refusal to Act in that Station To 
Order him on Board the Schooner Rattle Snake to Act as first Lieu* 
In Case of Refusal to demand his Commission and Dismiss him the 
service 

A Letter was wrote to Cap 4 . Edward Allen 
Cap 4 Edward Allen 

Sir/ The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you will as 
soon as posible Have the Brigg Comet ready to proceed on a Cruize 
& that you will Lay before the Board an Indent of all such stores as 
are wanting for the said Brigg as also a pay Bill made Out to the 
27 th Ins 4 , that the people may receive their wages to that time I 
am Sir Your 

Hbl e Serv 4 . 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 23 Decem r . .1776. 
Adjourned to tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 24 th December 1776 
Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 28 th December 1776 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 3O th Decem r 1776 

The Board mett according to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Savage Tho s Corbett Josiah Smith Geo Smith Esq rs . 
The Clerk Reported he had paid the armed Schooner Rattle Snake 
Stationed at Geo Town to the 2O th Instant Inclusive Amounting to 

1881.8.8 

N 17. The Board agreed to draw on the Treasury in favour of 
Hawkins Petrie & C. for sundry s supplyed Cap* Darrell 1751.3.7 

Agreed that Cap*. Edward Allen should Open a Rendevous and 
to Advance a Months pay to Every man that will Inlist in the service 
of the state for six months 

The first Commissioner is desired to write to M r . Elder surgeon 
of the Comet and request that he will give his attendance on board 
the said Vessell Once Every day while in Harbour 

Agreed that M r . Stephen Duval do purchase a small Boat from 
Cap 1 . Francis Morgan for the use of the Pilot Boat Eagle and that 
the first Commissioner do pay for the same 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for amo* of the Comets Pay 
bill to the 27 th Ins* being 3 Months Amo*. 2906.18 for the Detach- 
ment of Soldiers on board the said Brig* 383 12 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 5 oClock 



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Navy Board [break] 1 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 2 [break] 

The Board Mett according to adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Geo Smith, Josiah Smith, Tho s Savage [break] 
N. 1 8 Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the Following Sums In 
faviour of Hannah Ferguson for Board Lodging & Attendance on 
Jn Knowles Masters Mate of the Rattle Snake 18 days a 307. ^ 

day 27.. .. .. 

N 19 For 40 days of the said Knowles a /. <$ day 30. . . . 
N 20 Agreed to pay Dan 1 Connel foremastl 

man on board the Commet 3 Months I 63.. .. .. 
wages while in the Hospital 
N 21 In favioui-of Ja s Wright for 11 Bbls Bread 

1993 N 1 . a in. 219.. 5.. .. 

N 22 In faviour of Jn. Tuke for i6i w . Tallow 

a 57. Casks/ 40. .5.. .. 



37910. .- 



N 6 A Letter Rec d from Cap 1 Thomas Pickerin dated S*. Nicholo 
Mole Decem r 14 th 1776 

A Letter was wrote to Cap* Allen 
Cap 1 . Edward Allen Sir 

The. Commissioners of the Navy Desire that 

you will Imediately Open a House of Rendevouz under the Direc- 
tion of a proper Officer and that you do make use of your best 
Endeavours to Inlist as many Seamen as will Compleat the Number 
allowed to the Brig 1 Comet, and for their Encouragement, you are 
Authorized to Engage One Month pay Advance to Every Seaman 
that shall Enter into the Service of this state on board said Brigg 
for six Months 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
To Edward Allen Esq r . 
3i st . Decem r 1776 

Cap 1 Edward Allen Charles Town January 5 th 1777 
Cap 1 . Edward Allen, Sir. 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you 

'Thursday, January 2, 1777, was the day to which the Board had adjourned. 
2 Monday, January 6, 1777. 



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will Imediately have the Brigg Comet moved from Charles Town 
into Rebellion Rhoad, and take Care to keep your Men on board, 
and have the Brigg in Readiness to proceed to sea as soon as you 
posibly Can, & when Ready, to Advise the Commissioners 

Edw d Blake first Commissioner 
A Letter Rece d from M r . Dupuy as follows 
Sir 

At the Request of Cap 1 Pickering Commander of the Brig* 
Defence belonging to the State of Carolina, The Navy of which you 
have the Honor to preside over, I became Security for about four 
Hundred Pounds Sterling (the sum Cannot be Exactly Ascertained 
at this time, As the Authentic Accounts are not as yet Arrived from 
Jamaica) otherwise the Brigg woud be detained here tho at very 
heavy Expences untill Security or some other Adequate Satisfac- 
tion could be Obtained, the Reason of this no doubt Cap 1 Pickering 
has made you Acquainted with, I have not the least doubt but the 
State of Carolina will Reemburse me at a Convenient time and Con- 
firm the very high Opinion I have of their Honor and Integrity 

And am very Respectly 
Your Most Obedk & Most Hbl e Serv*. 
Mole 14 th Decem r 1776 John Dupuy 

To Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner of the Navy 
Belonging to the State of South Carolina Cha s Town 

Ordered that the first Commissioner do answer the above 
Letter by the Earliest Opertunity, And that he do buy and Ship on 
Acco 1 . of the Public of this State as much Indigo as will amount to 
400 Sterling to the address of the said M r . Dupuy at Cape Nichola 
Mole 

The following is an order of the Privy Council dated the 3 I st 
Decem 1 ". 1776 

Ordered that the Schooner Constit [break] be forthwith 
sold under the -direction of the Commissioners of the Navy 

By Order of the President [break] 

John Colcock, Secretary 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Thursday 9 th . January 1777 
Adjourned to next Monday Even g 6 oClock 



3. H. c. 



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Navy Board Monday 13 th January 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, Tho s Corbett, Tho s Savage 
Esq rs 

A Letter to Cap* Edward Darrell 
Cap* Edward Darrell Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy 

desire that you will apply to M r Clerkson for Fifteen Barrels of 
Irish Beef and Acquaint him, the Commissioners will allow the same 
price the rest of the Beef sells for at Vendue Youl also furnish 
Cap 4 . Allen with a Barrel of Mollasses & Endeavour to furnish all 
the stores wanted for the Comet tomorrow Morn g 

Janry 13 th 1777 Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

To Edw d Darrell Esq r Comisary for Naval Departm 1 
Ordered that the following Acco ts . be drawn for on the Treasury 

viz 
N 23 In faviour of M c Culley Righton Amo'. to the 3i st 

Decem r 202 . 3 . 9 

24 - Geo Monk repairing Public boats . . . 47.19.6 

25 - Ann Holmes mak Colours for the Defence . 37 

- Cap 1 Edward Allen Rendevous 366 

26 J ditto a Silver Call for the Boatswain 10 

ditto Advance wages paid by him 379-5 755-5- 

1042.8.3 

The following Letter was written by the first Commissioner to 
Mons r . Dupuy at Cape Nicholo Mole 

Navy Board S Carolina January 14 th 1777 
Sir/ 

Your very Polite Letter of 14 th Ultimo duly came to hand and 
is now before us. We are Extreamly Obliged to You for the assist- 
ance afforded Capt n . Pickerin, the detention of his Brigg We are 
Convinced must have been- Attended with a Heavy Expence, he has 
acquainted us of the particulars of the unlucky Accasion 1 of it, & 
we hope befor this he has remburs'd any Moneys you may have 
Advanced, as he writes us he should have nearly, if not wholy 
Sufficient to do so, but least he should fall short, we shall by the 
first Conveyance we can procure freight on board, remitt you a 

'"Occasion" in engrossed copy. 



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parcell of Indigo, and you may be Assured the State of South 
Carolina will on all Accasions Observe the Strictest Honor Integrity 
and punctuality I am with Great Respect, 

Sir Your most Hbl e Serv 1 . 
Edward Blake First Commiss r of the Navy 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday i6 th January 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r first Commiss r 

Thomas Savage, Tho s Corbett, Geo. Smith, Josiah Smith Esq rs . 
N 8 A Letter rec d . from his Excellency the President directed To 
Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commiss r of the Navy 
Sir/ 

I desire that the Navy Board will be pleased to give the 
Brig 1 . Comet the Necessary Orders for a Two Months Cruize Steer- 
ing to the Southward on this Coast both going out and Returning 

Your Most Obed 4 . Serv'. 

J. Rutledge 
January i6 th 1777 

A Letter of Instructions for Capt. . Edward Allen, 
Cap 1 . Edward Allen. 

Sir/ The Brig* of War Comet of which you are 
Captain having received on board provisions and Other Stores for 
near three Months and having nearly a full Complement of Men, 
We desire that you will embrace the first favourable Opertunity to 
proceed to Sea. And after you are Clear of the Barr of Charles 
Town We recommend your stearing to the Southward Cruizing a 
Long the Coast as farr as S l . Augustine, After which you are at 
Liberty to Continue your Cruze not Exceeding Two Months from 
your departure from Charles Town Barr in such station as shall 
appear to you most promising of Success, during which time, You 
are to Take, Sink, Burn, or Destroy, any Ships, Vessells, or Goods 
belonging to the King of Great Britain, or to any of his Subjects, 
Excepting the Vessells and goods belonging to the Islands of Bar- 
muda & new Providence, and should you be so fortunate as to take 
any Prize be carefull to put on board a proper officer as Prize Mas- 
ter, with Orders to proceed to Cha s Town, or some Convenient 
Inlett within the State of S Carolina and give directions for Treat- 
ing your Prisoners with the greatest Humanity, and Tenderness, 



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you are to Advise the Commissioners by Letter (Directed to the 
first Commissioner) of Every Transaction worth Communicating 
during Your Cruze and to prevent any Inconveneance that may 
Arise for want of Credit in Case you are Obliged to put into any 
French, Dutch, or any other Port, There is put on board the 
Comet under your Care Three Casks Containing pounds 
weight of Neat Indigo which you are to place in such Hands as 
shall appear most Capable of Rendering You the Services that may 
be required or Dispose of it yoursel/, & the Neat proceeds invest in 
such Articles as Your Vessell may stand in [break] of or may be 
most usefull for the Navy of this state, Otherwise it is to be rede- 
livered on Your Return [break] Town, We recomend to you to 
use your best endeavours to Inlist as many Seamen for the Comet as 
will Compleat [break] number to Eighty, and that you do frequently 
Cause to be read to the Vessells Company the Rules of the Navy of 
this State, and the Third Article of the Rules of Discipline, and 
good Government, and that you Endeavour all in your power to 
Cultivate Harmony, and good Order among the Officers and Sea- 
men, We not only recommend that you Steer to the Southward of 
this Coast on your going Out, but also on your Return, if the Cir- 
cumstances of the Cruze will permitt by Order of the Board 

16 th Janury 1777 Edward Blake first Commissioner 

A Letter to Cap*. Edward Darrell Esq r . 
Cap 1 . Edward Darrell 

Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will purchase as Much of the Irish Beef as you Can for the use 
of the Public of this State & Acquaint M r Vallentine the Commis- 
sary General that you will -spare him one half of what you purchase. 
We also desire that you will purchase at least Twenty Firkins of 
Butter for the use of Naval Department 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
January i6 th 1777 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday i8 th January 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Savage, Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, Esq rs 



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Agreed that the first Commissioner do Order payment of the Fol- 
lowing Acco ts Viz 

N 27 To Sam 1 Prioleau Jun r & C for Canvass 318 

[break] 28 Edward Oats for ditto 746.8 



1064 8 
Continued 
N 29 To Peter Philip 2 Mo s . . adz** '. . wages on 



f 42 [beak] 
board the Brig 1 Comet f 

30 Myer Moses for Sundrys Supplyed the Com- 
missary H2[break] 



i2i8..i8.. [break] 
The following Advertizement was sent to M r . . John Wells. 

Navy Board Charles Town January i8 th 1777. 

The Public are in want of a Number of Batteaus, that will Carry 
from Twenty to Forty men Each Any persons willing to Enter into 
Contract for Building the same are desired to send their proposals 
in writing to 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 23 d January 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 O 'Clock. 



Navy Board Monday 27 th January 1777 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 30* January 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 3 d February 1777 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Thursday 6 th February 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

George Smith, Josiah Smith, Thomas Corbett, Esq rs 
N 9 A Letter Received from Cap 1 . Edward Allen dated On board 
the Brigg of Warr Comet 28 th January 1777 

Rec d . 2 d Febry . 
[Break] er was wrote to M r . Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board January 3o th 1777 
M r Stephen Duvall Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that 

you do Receive on board the Eagle Pilot Boat M r . John Knight and 
M r . John Turner Two Branch Pilots, at all times when they may 
offer to Assist as Pilots for this Port, and at any time that Either of 
them may go to Pilot any Vessell or Vessells out from this or any 
other Harbour in this State, that you take them from on board such 
Vessells and that you see that they are Supplyed with Provissions & 
Accomadations as the Other Branch Pilots in the service of this 
State now are Edward Blake first Commiss r . 

The following Letter was wrote to M r . Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board Febru y . 3 d 1777 
M r . Stephen Duvall Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Imediately furnish them with a Pay bill for the Eagle Pilot 
Boat Made out from the 4 th day of October 1776 to the 4 th of 
January 1777 that the Men belonging to the said Boat may be paid 
their wages to that day 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Cap 1 . Thomas Pickerin Attended the Board and the Commis- 
sioners gave him Orders to get the Brigg 4 . Defence under his Com- 
mand ready for Sea as soon as posible 

The following Attestation was given to David Bruce and 500 
Copys Ordered to be Emeadeately printed in sheets Viz 
South Carolina, 

Know all Men That I do hereby 

Certify that I Have Voluntarily Entered [break] Navy of the State 
aforesaid on board the and I do hereby engage to be 

true and faithful in the said Service for the Term of 
Months, to Commence from the undermentioned date, and at the 
Expiration thereof then to have my discharge from the said Service, 
and also do Engage to be bound to Obey all and Every Rule, 



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Resolve, Order, and Regulation made or to be made by the Legesla- 
ture of the state aforesaid or by the Commissioners of the Navy, and 
I do hereby acknowledge the Receipt of Pounds Current 

money as a Bounty for Entering into the service of the said State 
Witness my hand this 

Agreed that the first Commissioner draw on the Treasury for 
payment of the following Accounts 
N 31 To Joseph Gaultier for Attending the Pilot) , 

T~* TT1 VJCI 

Boat Hawk : ^ 

32 To Sam 1 Hrabowsk sundrys Supplied the 

Comiss ry 132.3.9 

33 To Cap 1 Fran 5 Morgan for a Boat 65.. 

34 To Jacob & Chris 1 " Willaman for Beef 2 

Acco ts 377. 5.6 

35 To Chris r Williaman for Beef 196 2 

36 To the Pilot Boat Eagles pay bill from the) 

4 th Oct r . 1776. to the 4 th Janr* 17773 mo s j 



1377.11. .11 

The two foregoing Letters of 3<D th Ultim & 3 d Ins 4 , and directed to 
Stephen Duvall were^wrote by and sent by Order of the First Com- 
missioner and approved off by the Board this Evening 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evens 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday io th . . Febr y . 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 OClock. 



Navy Board Tuesday II th February 1777 

Adjourned to Next Friday Evening 6 oClock- 



Navy Board Friday 14 th February 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r first Commiss 1 ". 

George Smith Josiah Smith Tho s Corbett Esq rs 
A Letter was wrote to Cap 1 . Pickerin 
Cap 1 . Thomas Pickerin Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy Desire 
that you will Immediately on the Receipt of this Direct a proper 



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Officer from the Brig 1 Defence with Eight good Men to proceed 
with the Ship Caesers boat with your Best Bower Anchor and Cable 
to the Assistance of the Comets Prize now Lying without Cha s Town 
Barr, as she is in great Distress, having Been on shore on the North 
Breaker, and Lost Two Anchors and received some Other Damage 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
Navy Board II th Febr^. 1777 

The following Letter was wrote to his Excellency the Presid 1 . 
Navy Board 14 th Febru y . 1777. 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg lieve to inform his Excel- 
lency the President that they apprehend, the great quantity of 
Hemp Exported & now Exporting from this to the Northern states 
will very soon create such a Scarcity of that Article as will render it 
impossible for Either the Public or Private Vessells of this state 
to be properly supplied with Cordage unless a Prohibition is laid 
thereon 

The following Accounts were ordered to be drawn on the Treasury 
for Vi^ in f aviour off 

N- 37 1 Michael York for Repairing a Long Boat. ... 6 [break] 
R1 ( The following Acco 1 . was agreed to be drawn for 

in f aviour of M c Culley Righten % 323.13- 



38 [break] 

The following Letter was zvrote to' Cap* . . Copithorn 
Navy Board. Februy. 14 th 1777. 

Cap*. John Copithorn Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy Desire- 

that you will Endeavour all in your power to procure a Sufficient 
number of Schooners to Transport such Troops as the General may 
direct to be Brought from Haddrels Point to Charles Town next 
Monday Morning Edward Blake first Commissioner 

The Monthly pay of Stephen Duvall & Elsinor Ceased Yes- 
terday the 13 th Ins 1 . . 

M r . M c Culley Righten waited on the Board and Informed them, 
from the great Trouble that attended his Business as Public Boat 
Keeper, the pay hitherto Allowed him has not been Sufficient, they 
took M r . Rightons representation in Consideration & thereup the 
Board Agreed to Allow him forty Shillings <P day, and to Advance 

'These two accounts are numbered 39 and 40 on the engrossed copy. 



him One Hundred pounds ^ Month, to Enable him the Better to 
pay the Hire of Negroes Employed in the public Service . 

The foregoing Letter of the II th Ins 1 and Directed to Cap*. 
Thomas Pickerin was wrote and sent by the first Commissioner and 
approved off by the Board this Evening 

M r Josiah Smith having Mentioned his Intention of going to 
George Town in a few days and of his having a Schooner also going 
there the Board requested of him to Order Twenty or Thirty Barrels 
of Pork to be send round by said Schooner from George Town to 
Charles Town, The Board also requested that M r . . Smith would 
if he Could get freight by any other Vessel, send as much Pork and 
Naval Stores as would fill 'such Vessell 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 17 th February 1777 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 2O th February 1777 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 24 th February 1777. 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 27 th February 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Thomas Corbett, Roger Smith, Josiah Smith, George Smith, Esq rs 
Agreed that the first Commissioner draw on the Treasury for 
the following Acco ts . in faviour off 
N 

39 Will m Hest for Cordage- - -314.17.6 

40 Josiah Smith Esq r . for Hire of the Schooner Austin] , 
to Carry powder to Dorchester . . . ... . . <[ 

374 17.6 
The following Letter was wrote to Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board 24 th Febr^. 1777 
M r . Stephen Duvall 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire you to 
proceed with the Eagle Pilot Boat with all possible dispatch to 



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George Town, On your Arrival there, you will take on board your 
Boat, From a Brig there Commanded by Cap 1 . Blundell as much 
Gun powder belonging to the Public of this State as you can Con- 
veniently stow in her & proceed with it immediatly to Charles 
Town 

When this Gunpowder is on board you will be particularly carefull 
to let no fire come near it. 

The Commissary will furnish you with what provisions will be 
necessary By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Comm [break] 

A Letter was wrote to Cap 4 . Ham 

Navy Board 27 th Febru y 1777 
M r . Richard Ham Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that 

you do at all times, Take from on board any Vessel Piloted out of 
this Harbour, by any of the Pilots that Belong to the Eagle Pilot, 
Boat, during the time M r . Duval may be absent from Charles Town, 
& that you do give Diligent Attendance to Pilot any Vessels that 
may be bound into this Harbour, and that you do Anchor Every 
night. during the absence of M r . Duval under Sullivants Island, as 
near as you can to it with Safety Edward Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter was wrote to Cap*. Tho s Pickerin dated Navy 
Board Febru y . 19 th 1777 

Cap 1 Thomas Pickerin Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will Order one of the Anchors & Cable belonging to the 
Prize Ship Caezar to be delivered to M r . Pyne Second Lieu* of 
Brig 1 Comet for the use of the Comets Prize now in N. Edisto, and 
the same shall be returned as soon as said Prize Arrives at Charles 
Town 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

N 10 A Letter Received from Cap 1 Edward Allen dated on board 
the Brig 1 Comet 3 d Febru y . 1777 in the Latitude 29-40 N 
[Break] Letter was wrote to his Excellency the President 
Navy Board Feb y 2O lh . 1777. 

Sir/ 

In Answer to Our Letter of the 14 th Ins 1 , to your Excellency 
Respecting Hemp His Honour the Vice President has Informed us 
that it is the Opinion of the Privy Council Relative thereto that this 
Board be directed to Engage Hemp Immediately for the Public Ser- 



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vice in such Quantitys as the Board shall think Necessary, and to 
use such means, and offer such Price as may Entitle the Commis- 
sioners to a Preferance to Other Purchasers The Commissioners 
are fearfull that it will not be in their Power to Execute the Busi- 
ness in the manner above mentioned, as the Private Purchasers have 
so many Agents Employed to Engage that Article at any Price M r . 
Will m Hest Informed the first Commissioner that he was Raised 
upon in the Purchase of a Parcell four different times Yesterday, 
And he is certain that if that Article is Suffered to be Exported, in 
the space of three Months he shall not be able to furnish a single 
Coil of Cordage Either for the use of the state or Trade The 
Commissioners are Sorry to Trouble your Excellency again on this 
Matter, but they are fearfull unless there is a Stop put to the Expor- 
tation of Hemp this state will soon be Entirely without that usefull 
Aricle The Commissioners beg lieve to Inform your Excellency 
that the Number appointed to that Board are so few that they can 
seldom make a board, they therefore beg your Excellency will be 
pleased to appoint two more Commissioners, and they beg lieve to 
recommend M r Will" 1 Price & M r Nath 1 Russell as fitt Persons 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Cap 1 . Robert Cochran 

Sir. 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will have the Brigg 1 . Notre Dame g\ot ready to proceed to sea 
with all possible Dispatch [break] you will be ready by Tomorrow 
Evening, as they [break] time may be attended with very great 
advantage to the State Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Sunday 23 d Febr y 1777. 
Cap 1 . John Mercier Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will with all posible Dispatch have the Sloop Beaufort got ready 
to proceed to Sea, they are hopefull you will have her Ballasted, and 
ready, by Tomorrow Night. Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Sunday 23 d Febr^. 1777 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to his 
Excellency the President, and Acquaints him, that he has Directed 
Capt ns Cochran & Mercier to get their Vessels ready with all 
posible Dispatch, that he has seen Cap 1 . Cochran who promises to 
have the Brigg Notre Dame ready by Tuesday afternoon ; provided 
he can get a Sufficient Quantity of Ballast by that time, E, B, 
Opinion if a Sufficient Quantity of Stone Ballast cannot be got in 



44 

time, it will be best to take on board some Rice, Naval Stores, or 
any Other weighty goods raither then Loose any time for stone 
Ballast, if any of the above mentioned goods are to be taken An 
Order from Your Excellency will be Necessary 
Sunday 23 d Febr^ 1777 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to 

General How and Acquaints him that he has given the Necessary 
Orders to get the Vessels ready with all posible Dispatch, to Trans- 
port the Troops to Beaufort, that Cap 1 . Cochran has Informed him 
that his Vessel will be ready by Tuesday afternoon 
Sunday 2f d . .Febru* 1777. 

Febru y . 24* 1777 
Cap*. . John Copithorn Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will provide Six Schooners and have them Loaded with 
Ballast for General Gadsden with all posible Dispatch, the Schooners 
are not to draw more than five feet water Each 

Edward Blake 



24 th 1777 
Cap 1 . Thomas Pickerin Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will Assist Cap 1 . Mercier with three or four Men, to Bend 
his Sails & get his Vessell ready for the sea, by Tomorrow Evening, 
send such as will be fitt for the Duty & that you Can Depend on to 
return to the Defence Edward Blake 

Navy Board February 24 th 1777 
M r . Stephen Duval Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Every Other Night Lodge on board the Eagle Pilot Boat, 
and Anchor as near to Sullivants Island as you can with safety and 
that you do proceed to sea very Early every Morning in Order to 
give the Necessary Assistance to such Vessells as may be Bound 
into the Harbour of Charles Town, and that you give the Earliest 
Information, to the Commissioners, of any Vessells being on the 
Coast that you suspect to belong to the Enemy Cap*. Ham will 
receive the like Orders and relieve you Every Other Night 

Edward Blake first Commiss r . 
To M r . Stephen Duval 



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Navy Board Febru y . . 24 th . . 1777. 
M r . . Richard Ham 

Sir. 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Every other Night, lodge on Board your Pilot Boat and 
Anchor as near Sullivans Island as you Can with Safety, and 
that you do proceed to [break] very Early every Morning in Order 
to give the necessary Assistance to such Vessells as may be Bound 
into the Harbour of Charles Town, And that you give the earliest 
Information to the Commissioners of any Vessells on the Coast that 
you suspect to belong to the Enemy. M r . Duval will receive the 
Like Orders and relieve you Every Other Night Edward Blake 
first Commiss r . 

To M r . Richard Ham 

The following Advertizement was sent to M r Wells 
The Commissioners of the Navy will give Twelve pounds <$ 100 tw . 
weight of neat Merchantable Hemp, for any Quantity delivered to 
them in Charles Town within Three Months from the Date 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
February 25 th 1777. 

A Letter from the President to hire if not to be Hired to Impress 
Schooners to Carry Troops to Georgia 

Navy Board February 25 th 1777 
Cap 1 . John Copithorn Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that 

you do as soon as posible provide as many proper Vessells, as will 
Transport 300 Men with their Baggage & stores within Land to 
Georgia, if you Cannot Posibly Hire a Sufficient Number You are 
hereby fully Authorised to Impress them and you are to make a 
return of the Particular Vessells and the Owners Names to the 
board this Evening 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Cap* . . John Copithorn made a Return to the Board of Four Schoon- 
ers he had Impressed into the Service, to Carry Troops to Georgia 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 

The Commissioners of the Navy present their Compliments 
to his Excellency the President and Acquaints him that the Follow- 
ing Vessells are ready to take on board the Troops Intended for 
Georgia Viz 

M r . . Will Glens Schooner at Champneys wharf 
Barn d Elliott Esq r . D. at Prioleaus D 



4 6 

Pendarvis's D.. at Prioleaus D 

Florentines D. at Wraggs. . D 

the first of the Four Schooners has no Master nor Men the Com- 
missioners will Endeavour to provide People for her 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Tuesday Evening 
25 th Februy 1777 

A Letter to Cap 1 . Edward Darrell 
Cap 1 . Edward Darrell Sir/ 

You are to provide with all posible Dis- 
patch 50 or 60 Casks & have them filld with water and sent on 
board the different Schooners Employ'd to Carry the Troops to 
Georgia Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Februy. 26 th 1777 

To 

Edw d Darrell Esq r . Commissary 
of the Naval Dapartment 

A Letter to M r . M c Culley Righten 
M r . M c Culley Righten Sir/ 

You are to provide a Sufficient Number 

of Boats to Transport all the North Carolina Troops now at Had- 
drels point to Charles Town with all possible Dispatch 

Februy 26 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter to Cap* . . John Copithorn. 
Cap 4 . John Copithorn Sir/ 

You are to provide ivith all possible Dis- 
patch a sufficient Number of Schooners or Boats to Transport all 
the North Carolina Troops, now at Haddrels point to Charles Town 
Febr y . 26 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commissioner 

A Letter to Cap* Robert Cochran 
Cap*. Robert Cochran Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will deliver to M r . John Calvert as many of the water Casks 
that belongs to the Brig*. Notre Dame as can be posibly spared 
Febry 26 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter to Cap*. Edward Darrell 
Cap*. Edward Darrell Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will provide a Sufficient Number of Potts for to Cook provisions 
in for the Troops now going to Georgia say about 300 Men 
Febry. 26 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

To 

Edw d Darrell Esq r . 
Commissary of the Naval Dep*. 



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A Letter to Cap 1 John Copithorn 
Cap*. John Copithorn Sir 

The Schooner Employd to bring the Detach- 
ments from Sullivans Island is not Sufficiently found with stores 
& c . to proceed to Georgia, you are therefore Directed to Take the 
Schooner that lays of Ropers wharf in the Room of her and Dis- 
charge from the Service 
Febry. 27 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Order of the Privy Council. 

That Mercier's Vessel be fitted for War under the direction of the 
Commissioners of the Navy and that Mercier be appointed Captain, 
if he chuses to Accept the Commission 

The foregoing Letters of the under mentioned dates & directions 
was wrote by, and sent by the first Commiss r and approved off by 
the Board this Evening viz 
19 th Ins 1 . To Cap*. Thomas Picker in 
2O th . . . To his Excellency the President 
23 d . . . To Cap*. Robert Cochran 
23 d . . . To Cap 1 . John Mercier 
23 d . . . To his Excellency the President 
23 d . . . To his Excellency General How 
24 th . . . To Cap 1 . John Copithorn 
24 th . . . To Cap 1 . Thomas Pickerin 
24 th . . . To M r . Stephen Duvall 
24 th . . . To M r . Richard Ham 
25 th . . . An Advertizement to purchase Hemp 
25 th . . . To Cap 1 . Jn. Copithorn 
25 th . . . To his Excellency the President 
26 th . . . To Cap 1 . Edward Darrell 
26 th . . . To M r . M c .Culley Righten 
26 th . . . To Cap 1 . John Copithorn 
26 th . . . To Cap 1 . Robert Cochran 
26 th . . . To Cap 1 . Edward Darrell 
27 th . . To Cap 1 . John Copithorn 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday I st March 1777 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 3 d March [break] 

The Board Mett according to Ad jo [break] 
Present. Edward Blake Esq first Co [break] 

Josiah Smith Thomas Corbett Roger Smith, Esquires. . 
28 th A Letter was wrote to Cap 1 . John Mercier 

Navy Board 28 th February 1777 
Cap 4 . John Mercier Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that 

you do proceed with all posible Dispatch to Beaufort, Broad River, 
or Savannah river whichever the Commanding Officer of the Troops 
(now going to Georgia) may Direct, and you are during the time 
you have the Troops or Stores on board, to follow the Directions of 
the Commanding Officer in respect to Landing of them, and by all 
means Endeavour to Cultivate Harmony, between the Troops and 
Your Own people Should you be Obliged to go of the Outside 
Keep as Close along the shore as you can with Safety, and you are 
particularly recommended to keep Company with the Other Vessels, 
& give them every assistance in your power during the Passage and 
by no means to Remain at sea all Night with the Troops on board, 
if you can possibly get into any one of the Inlets, As soon as the 
Troops and Stores are Landed, you are to proceed to Beaufort, and 
there Employ M r . Black to make such alterations as is necessary to 
Compleat her for the purpose she is Intended, as soon as that is 
done and the Vessel Cleared you are to proceed with the Sloop to 
Charles Town, with all possible dispatch. ' You are to Advise the 
Commissioners by every Opertunity of Every Transaction relating 
to the Vessel worth Communicating to them Edward Blake first 
Commiss 1 " 

A Letter was wrote to M r Bonneau 

Navy Board March 3 d 1777 
M r Anthony Bonneau Sir/ 

Your different faviours of the 2O th 24 th & 

25 th Instant is now before the Board, & the Contents duly noted, the 
Commissioners are much Obliged to you for your care in forward- 
ing the Pork which is all safe Arrived, they Beg that you will pur- 
chase any parcells of very good pork that may be for sale in your 
place, provided the price do not Exceed Eighteen pounds ^ Barrel 
we would wish to have it all Inspected, and in good tight Barrels 
and as soon as a good Opertunity offers, would be glad you would 
send it round as well as the Naval stores formerly wrote for, 



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You'l also please Deliver to M r . Duvall the Two Carriage guns 
Landed from the Rattle Snake, to be brought round by him I am 
Sir Your Most Hbl e Serv 1 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

N B if any Tallow to be bought in your place pray purchase as 
much as You Can provided the Price do not Exceed 4/6 ^ tw 

Agreed that the first Commissioner should draw on the Treasury 
for the following Acco 1 . Viz in fav r of 
N 41 M c Culley Righton Amo*. of his Acco*. 378.4.3. 

42 The Hbl e Roger Smith Esq r . for a Bb 1 . Indigo 805.-. 



1183.4.3. 

Ordered, That Cap* . . Allen be informed that the Com [break] have 
agreed to take four Coils of new Cordage & as many water Casks 
out of the Different prizes as may be wanted for the Different 
Armed Vessels, and to allow do/, for each H'hd. 

Ordered that M r . Stephen Duvall proceed [break] George 
Town and that he bring two Guns Landed out of the Rattle snake 
N ii A Letter from his Excellency the President to remove the 
Sloop Adventure into Rebellion Road dated 28 th Febry. 1777 

12 A Letter from M r . Antho y Bonneau dated 2O th Febry. 1777 
with 60 Barrels Pork 

13 A Letter from M r . Anthy Bonneau dated 24 th Febry. 1777 with 
24 Barrels Pork 

14. A Letter from M r . Ant y Bonneau dated 25 th Febry. 1777 
Acknowledgeing the rece*. of the Pilot Boat Hawk 

Adjourned to next Friday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Friday 7 th March 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday io th March 1777 
Adjourned to next Thursday Even* 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 13 th March 1777 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



4. H. c. 



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Navy Board Friday 14 th : March 1777. 
The Board met according to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Roger Smith, George Smith, Josiah Smith, Esq rs 
A Letter to M r . Edward Darrell 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

you will get from on board the Different Prize Vessells now in this 
Harbour, all the Water Casks that are to be got, keeping an Acco'. 
thereof, and of their Value at the Current Price given for those 
things, Cap 1 Cochran informs the Commissioners, that he landed 
at Gadsdens wharf, Twelve water Casks, you will Enquire what is 
become of them and have them taken care off 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to Cap*. Robert Cochran 
Cap* Rob 4 Cochran Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will as soon as posible furnish the board with a pay Bill 
for the Brigg Notrie Dame made Out to the fourth day of October 
1776 and a Second pay Bill from the fourth day of October 1776. to 
the fourth Ins* 

Navy Board io th March 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to Cap 1 . Edward Darrell 

Navy Board io th March 1777 
Cap 4 Edward Darrell Sir/ 

Please forward to Beaufort <p the first 

good Opertunity, To M r . Tunis Tebout for the use of the Row 
Galley, One Ton of Barr Iron 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
To Edward Darrell Esq r : Commissary) 
for the -Naval Department. ( 

An Order was wrote to M 1 . Myer Moses 
M r Myer Moses Sir/ 

Please deliver M r . Daniel ONealle Two Thou- 
sand pounds weight of good Clean Merchantable Hemp for the use 
of the Navy of South Carolina. 

March 14 th 1777 Edward Blake first Com [break] 

Resolved to Advance Daniel Oneille Rope maker, One Thousand 
pounds to Enable him to purchase Stock & hire Hands to Carry on 
his Business 



An Order sent to Cap* Edward Darrell 
Cap 1 Edward Darrell Sir/ . 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Supply Captains Pickerin, Allen, & Cochran, with every 
Necessary Store for the use of their Different Vessells, with all 
posible dispatch 

March 14 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

To Edward Darrell Esq r . 
An Order to John Calvert 

M r . Calvert Sir/ 

Please deliver to Edward Darrell Esq r . Twenty 
Pieces of Sail Duck (such as he shall Chuse) for the use of the 
Naval Department 
March 14 th 1777 Edward Blake 

A Letter was wrote to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 14 th March 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy are of Opinion that a great 
Advantage will result to the State, by a Ship Yard and Workmen 
being engaged in the Public Service, for want of which, the Vessels 
and boats belonging to the State, suffer much by delay, and for 
want of Necessary repairs, They Inform your Excellency, that Cap 1 
Cochran, has made them an Offer of his Ship Yard & five Workmen, 
at the rate of Twelve Hundred pounds <P Ann" 1 ., which Offer they 
Judge reasonable, And recommend may be received, and Meet with 
your Concurence, and that of the Privy Council 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Accounts in 
favour of Viz 

Job Rothmahler for Beef Supplved . ) , 

.701 n , o J-l4O..l5.. 6 

the Schooner Rattle Snake ^ 

Anthony Bonneau 2 Acco ts . for sundrys 1 

Supplyed the Rattle Snake ( "" 

41 W m . & Ja s Carson for a Coil of Cordage 36. .6 

42 John Benneld for Candles 53 .17. 6 - 



1488. .9.. n 

15 A Letter from Tunis Tebout requesting 22 Ton of Iron 

1 6 A Letter from his Excellency the President to Assist the Con- 

tinental Frigate Randolph 



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17 a Letter from Daniel ONeille rope Maker 

1 8 a Letter from ditto - D 

The foregoing Letters of the under Mentioned dates & direc- 
tions was wrote & Sent by the first Commiss r and approved off by the 
Board this Evening Viz 
7 th To Edward Darrell Esq r . 
io th To Cap 1 Robert Cochran 
io th To Edward Darrell Esq r 

Adjourned to Next Tuesday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday i8 th March 1777 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 2O th March 1777 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 22 d March 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evens. 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 24 th . . March [break] 
The Board Mett according to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq: first Commiss [break] 

George Smith Tho s Corbett Geo: Abbott Hall Esq rs . 
Instructions for Cap 1 . Thomas Pickerin 

Navy Board, South Carolina March [break] 
Capt n . Thomas Pickerin Sir/ 1 

The Brigantine of War Defence of which 

you are Captain being now Ready to proceed to Sea on a Cruze, 
having on board a full Complyment of Men and provissions and 
Stores for three Months, we desire that you will Embrace the first 
faviourable Opertunity to proceed to sea and you have our Liberty 
to Cruze not Exceeding three Months from the day you Leave 
Charles Town Barr, in such Station as shall appear to you most 
promising of success. During which time you are to Take, Sink, 
Burn or Destroy, any Ships Vessells or goods belonging to the King 

^n the margin of the page is this entry: "Capt. Pickerins Instructions of 
24 March 1777. 



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of Great Britain or to any of his subjects, Excepting the Vessells or 
goods belonging to the Islands of Bermuda or Providence, and 
should you be so Fortunate as to take any Prize be Carefull to put 
on board a proper Officer as Prize Master and a sufficient number of 
Men to Navigate her, with Orders to proceed to Charles Town or 
some Convenient Inlett in the State of South Carolina, and we par- 
ticularly recommend that you take the Cap*, and two thirds of the 
Crew belonging to any Prize (you may take) on board the Defence, 
and that you give Directions for Treating your Prisoners with the 
greatest Humanity and Tenderness and that you do use your best 
Endeavours to Inlist as many seamen for the Defence as will keep 
the Complyment to Eighty. You are to Advise the Commissioners 
by Letter Directed to the first Commissioner of Every Transaction 
worth Communicating during your Cruze and that you do frequently 
Cause to be read to [break] Vessells Company the Rules of the 
Navy of this State, and the Third Article of the Rules of Dicipline 
and Good Government and that you Endeavour all in your power to 
Cultivate Harmony and good Order among the Officers and Seamen, 
and that you do Every Month Examine the Accounts of the Different 
Warrant Officers, and when found right, that you do Sign their 
Accounts Agreable to the general Instructions given you by the 
Board, And to prevent any Inconveniencys that may arrise for want 
of Credit, Should you be Obliged to put into any French, Dutch, or 
Other Port there is put on board the Defence Three Casks of 
Indigo Containing One Thousand One Hundred & Ninety two 
pounds weight of Neat Indigo, which you are to Dispose off or 
Lodge in such Hands as shall appear most Capable of Rendering you 
the Services that may be required, the neat proceeds Invest in Such 
Articles as your Vessel may stand most in Need off or may be most 
Usefull for the Navy of this State, Otherwise it is to be redelivered 
on your return to Charles Town. 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 27 th March 1777 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 29 th March 1777 

Adjourned to next Wednesday Evening 6 oClock- 



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Navy Board Wednesday 2 d April 1777 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 3 d April 1777 

The Board Mett according 1 to Adjournment 
Present. Josiah Smith Esq r . Chairman 

Roger Smith, Geo. Smith, Tho s Corbett, Geo Ab l Hall Esq r *. 
N. 19 A Letter -from M r . Jam 8 Black dated Beaufort 16 March 
[break] 

20 A Letter from M r Doraisore dated Cape Francois 26 Feb 
[break] 

21 A Letter from M r . Jn Dupuy dated Mole 12 th March 1777 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the Following Sums 
in faviour of 

48 Sam 1 Priolea.ii Jun r & C os A ceo 1 , for Sundry s. ... 1702. u .8. 

49 Archibald Brown & C. for Bread & Pork 589. 14.5. 

50 Will" 1 Gibbes Esq r . for 103 Barrels Beef X 44 2 - - 

51 Sykes & Lushington for 4 Casks Tallow 264.16.6. 

52 James Neilson for 17 Keggs Butter 257.15. 

53 Brig 1 Comet's Pay Bill to the 27 th March 3 mo s 5772.14.8. 



. .10029. .12. .3. . 
Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Saturday 5 th April 1777 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 7 th April 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commiss r 

Josiah Smith, Tho 5 Corbett, Tho s Savage, Roger Smith Esq rs . 

Order of the Privy Council 

That the Commissioners of the Navy may purchase ten hands for 
workmen in a shipyard and write for three white workman from the 
Northward that they may Lease Cochrans place on the Terms pro- 
posed or such [undecipherable word] and terms as they shall think 
Necessary for the Public Service 

Agreed to hire or Lease Cap*. Cochrans Ship Yard with five 
Negroe Workmen, and Every Building thereon as formerly Hired 



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or Leased to Paul Pritchard, for Twelve Hundred pounds Currency 
<f$ Annum 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday io th April 1777 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 5 oClock- 



Xavy Board Saturday 12 th April 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock- 



Navy Board Monday 14 th April 1777 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 15 th April 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, George Smith, Roger Smith, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs 
A Letter to M r James Black 

Navy Board April II th 1777 
M r James Black Sir/ 

You'l Receive by Cap*. Mercier of the Sloop 
Beaufort Two Eighteen pounders (Carriage Guns) to be Mounted 
on board the Galley you are Building for this State, You'l please 
have them fitted in such manner as will best answer the purpose for 
which they were Intended. We think they may be fitted on Skids 
in such manner as to point at least two points on Either Bow. We 
are Informed the Guns on board the Georgia Galleys are fitted in 
that manner In regard to the Masting the Galley we have no Objec- 
tion to such as you Mention, but would recommend longpole heads 
to Each, so that a Flying Topsail may be set to [half line break in 
both copies] may be very square so that as much Can [break] 
spread on her as can be to Advantage. We [break] recommend 
that you fitt as many stocks for several Guns as can Conveniently 
be mounted on [break] you get her finished with all posible dispatch 
[break] Cap 1 . Merciers Sloop wants some Necessary Alterations to 
make her fitt to Mount Guns, You'l please do whatever he may think 
Necessary to her, and pray Dispatch her as soon as posible as we 



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are in great want of her for Immediate Service .... by Order of 
the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to Cap 4 . James Dohartee 

Cap*. James Dohartee Sir/ 

You will herewith receive your Com- 
mission as Cap 1 , of the Row Galley now Building by 
M r James Black for the use of this State, the Commissioners of the 
Navy desire that you will give the Necessary Directions for Finish- 
ing her with all posible Dispatch, and that you do as soon as possible 
come to Charles Town, in order to get the Necessary Stores for 
fitting and Arming said Row Galley 

By Cap 4 Mercier you will receive Two Eighteen pounders to be 
mounted as prow guns We wish they could be mounted in such 
Manner as to be pointed on Either Bow without Depending Alto- 
gether on the Steersman, we are Informed the Row Galleys in 
Georgia have their Guns fitted in such Manner as to Travase at 
least four Points Either way We would also recommend your 
bringing the Dementions of all your Sparrs, to get your Sails made 
by ........ By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Agreed to draw On the Treasury for the Following Acco ts viz 
N 54 In faviour of Melcher Werly for Beef for y e 

Defence 131 9 6 

55 Joseph Yeates Ship Carp 1 " 20 



Adjourned to next Friday Even 8 5 oClock 

A Letter to M r . . Daniel O [break] 

M r . . Oneall. The Commissioners of the Navy have been 

Informed that you have Contrary to your Engagement with them 

sold Cordage to Cap 1 . Vaughn and Several other Masters of Vessells, 

we desire that you will wait on the first Commissioner Tomorrow 

Morning, to answer to the Charge 

April 1 8 th 1777 Edward Blake first Commiss r . 



Navy Board Friday i8 th April 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 21 st April 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 

Geo Abb 1 . Hall., Geo Smith Josiah Smith Tho s Corbett Esq rs 

The above Letter of the i8 th Ins* was wrote and sent by the 
first Commissioner and approved of by the board at this Meeting 

Agreed that the first Commissioner do draw on the Treasury for 
the following Sums Viz 1 in faviour of 
Cap*. Edw d Blake Esq r . 2 Aco te . paid by him 
N . . 56 for a Spy Glass for the Brig 1 . Defence . . . . 30 

57 a Beef Acco 1 . paid Joseph Posterior ditto... 129.4.6 

58 Cap 4 . Rich d Ham for the purchase of the Pilot] 
Boat Tryall p 

59 Will. Trusler 4 Beef Acco ts 661.19.6 

60 Jacob Willaman 5 Beef Acco ts I25O..3-.6 

61 Elisha Poinsett for Medicines & c for the Comet. 49.. 15 

62 Cha s Gruber for Water Casks 96 

63 Eagle Pilot Boats Pay bill to 4 th April 3 Mo s . 588 



5305. .2.6. 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 24 April 1777. 
The Board Mett according to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq/ first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, George Smith, Roger Smith, Esq rs . . 
a Letter "was wrote to M r Anto y . Bonnecni. 

Navy Board 24 th April 1777 
M r . Anthy. Bonneau Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will put on board M r . Josiah Smiths Schooner as much Pitch 
as the Pattroon can Conveniently Stow, And as Cap*. Seymour in 
the Rattle Snake will sail from this in a Day or two for your place, 
they beg you will put on board her all the Pork & Tallow you have 
purchased for the Navy of this State, and Draw on the Commis- 
sioners for the Amount. 

I am Sir Your Most Hbl e Serv 1 . 
Edw d . Blake first Commissioner 

Agreed for the First Commissioner to give the Necessary Orders 
to Cap 1 . Seymour to proceed to Geo Town in the Schooner Rattle 
Snake 



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N. 19 A Letter from his Excellency the President to send the Rat- 
tle Snake Cap* Seymour to Geo Town for Pork dated 25 th April 
1777- 

Instructions for Cap 1 . Seymour 

Navy Board 25 th April 1777 
Cap 1 . Stephen Seymour Sir 

With the Schooner Rattle Snake under 

your Command you are to proceed with all possible dispatch to 
George Town and there take on board as much Pork belonging to 
the Public of this State as you can Conveniently stow, with which 
You are to proceed with all possible dispatch to Charles Town, we 
would Recommend your taking on board all the pork and Tallow 
that may be purchased by M r . Bonncau for the use of the Navy. 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Saturday 26 th Aprill 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



Board Monday 28 th April 1777 
The Board Mett according to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Smith Josiah Smith Tho s Corbett Esq rs 

The Lease for Cap 1 Cochrans Ship Yard was Executed by both 
Parties Commenceing this day 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Acco ts . Viz 1 
N 64 Cosper Wershing for Beef supplyed the Rat- 

tle Snake ...................... +37 5- 

65 Jacob Cauffman for Beef for the Brig 1 Notre 

Dame ........................ 76 .. 6 

66 William Glen & C for Ship Bread ..... 1138. .15. .4 

67 William Hest for Cordage supplyed the 

Defence ........................ 230.. 7. .6 

68 Estate of David Williams for 84 Barrels 

Pork ........................ 1428 

69 John Dawson for 583^ Bush ls Salt a $o/ & 

60 Casks a 1 5/ .................. 1 503 .15- 

70 Edward & John Blake 4 Casks Indigo 1465 

w' a 37/6 2746.. 17.. 6 



7261. . 6. .4 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Tuesday 29 th April 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present, Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss 1 " 

Josiah Smith, George -Smith, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs 
A Letter was wrote to M r . John Creighton at the Quarter House to 
purchase Hemp 

Navy Board April 2$ th . . 1777. 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy being in want of a Quantity 
of Hemp for the use of the Navy of this State. Knowing that Your 
Situation is preferable to any near Charles Town for the purchase of 
that usefull article, they will be Obliged to you to purchase as much 
as you posifr/v can for them on the most reasonable Terms, and you 
may Depend payment shall be punctually made and a Reasonable 
Commission allowed you for your Trouble We would Recommend 
when you purchase any quantity of Hemp, that you send a proper 
person with the Waggon to see it delivered to M r . Daniel ONeal at 
his rope walk Joining M r . Radcliffs (with out the Town gate) to 
prevent any other person taking it from the Public 

I am sir 

Your Most Hbl e Serv 4 . 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 

This Night the Board agreed with M r David Hamilton to take 
Charge of the Ship Yard (Leased Yesterday from Cap*. Robert 
Cochran) for One Year Certain, to allow him Fourteen Hundred 
pounds Sallery, Fifty Gall 5 ' Rum, and the Rations now given by the 
public Commissary to Officers in their service (Signed) 

David Hamilton 

See Memorandum Book of this date 

N B M r Hamilton was at this time desired to seek out and engage 
as many Negro Carpenters on hire as he can, also to make out a 
List of such Articles as are immediately wanted for the use of the 
Yard The Board agreed to Advertize in the -Gazettes for Negro. 
Carpenters on hire by the Year 

An Advertizement was given to M r . Wells and One to Mr. 
Timothy, in the words following 

Navy Board 2Q th April 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy are in want of a Number of Negro 
ship Carpenters or Caulkers, any person having such to hire by the 
Year, are desired to apply to 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 5. oClock 



6o 

Navy Board. Thursday I st May 1777 

The Board Mett According to Summons 

Present. Josiah Smith Geo Smith Tho s Corbett Geo A. Hall Esq rs 

A Number of Ship Carpenters from Georgia in their way to 
Philadelphia Arrived here the last Even g twas Judged expedient 
that a Board should be immediately Called in Order to engage them 
in the Service 

Adjourned to next Monday Morn g 10 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 5 th May 1777 

. The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first. Commiss r 
Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, Geo Abbot Hall, Geo Smith Esq rs . 

A Letter was wrote to Cap 1 . Tho s Joel to furnish the Publick 
ship yard with Sparrs & c 

Ordered that the Clerk do waite on M r Dan 1 Oneal on Thurs- 
day Morning to Take an Inventory of the Rope walk, Stock of Hemp 
Negroes Buildings &f 

The following Acco* was Ordered to be drawn on the Treasury 
for Viz*, in faviour of 

71 Geo Flagg for Sundrys for the Comet 13. 17 . 6 

72 Lewis Giel for Baking Biscuit 100. 8 . 6 

73 Brig*. Notre Dame's pay bill to I st May .... 374. 5 . 3^2 

74 Nathan 1 Havens for Sundrys Supply d The Comet 237 . 8 . 

75 Cap 1 : Edward Allen for Sundry Acco's. paid) 

by him for the Brigg 1 Comet J 3 7 ' 

1093.. 8.. 3^ 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Even g 5 oClock 

Navy Board Tuesday 6 th . . May 1/77. 
The Board Mett According to Adjournment. 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, Geo Abbot Hall, Geo Smith, Esq rs / 

A Letter was wrote to Lieu 1 . Will m . Hall on Board the Brig*. . 
Notre Dame 

Navy Board 6 th May 1777. 
Lieu* Hall 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that you do as soon as 
possible Hawl the Brigantine Notre Dame upon the Hard, and have 



6i 

her Bottom well scrub'd and Clean'd and a Light coat of Tallow 
pay'd over the present Coat now on the Bottom, and that you do 
have the Vessell put in the best Order to proceed to sea as soon as 
possible after Cap 1 Seymour arrives at Charles Town and that you 
do Endeavour all in your power to Inlist Fifty men to serve on 
board the Brig* . . 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter of Instructions for Cap 1 James Dohartie 

Navy Board. 6 th May 1777 
Cap 1 James Dohartie Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Desire 

that you will forward the Compleating the Beaufort Galley as soon 
as possible, so as to have her Compleatly finish'd before she is 
Launched, and that you do Inlist at Least Twenty men to serve on 
board said Galley as seamen, and that you provide said men with 
such provissions as is allowed on Board the Navy of this State, and 
that you send your Accounts properly Attested to this Board the 
Last day of Every Month, which Accounts after being Examined 
will be duly paid the Cordage and Other Articles for fitting said 
Galley the Clerk of this Board will be directed to forward by the 
first Opertunity to Beaufort, after they are provided here, the 
Officers allowed on board will be first and Second Lieutenants pur- 
ser Boatswain and Gunner whose pay will be Equal to Officers of 
same Rank on board the Other Vessells in the service of this State, 
the pay Bill to be made out, Attested and forwarded to this Board 
Every three Months for payment 

By order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Ordered that the first Commissioner draw on the Treasury 
for the following Accounts, Viz*, in faviour of 
/#. . . .M c Cully Righton 2 Acco ts . . for Boat and 

Negro hire 422.. 5. .6 

7P . . . . William Bennie for Baking Biscuit . . . 22. . 4. 6 
80. . . .Benjamin Lord for surveying the ship yard and 

2 platts 15 



459.. 10 
Adjourned to Tomorrow 12 oClock 



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Navy Board Wednesday 7 th May 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Thomas Corbett Geo Abbot Hall Geo Smith Josiah Smith Esq rs 
Instructions to Cap* Edward Allen 

Navy Board South Carolina May 7 th 1777 
Cap*. Edward Allen 
Sir/ 

The Brigantine of warr Comet of which you are 
Captain being now ready to proceed to sea on a Cruze having on 
board nearly a full Complement of Men and provissions and Stores 
for Three Months, we desire that you will Embrace the first faviour- 
able Opertunity to proceed to Sea, and you have our Liberty to 
Cruze not Exceeding Three Months from the day you leave Charles 
Town Barr, in such station as shall appear to you most promising 
of Success During which time you are to Take, Sink, Burn, or 
Destroy, any Ships Vessels or goods belonging to the King of Great 
Britain or to any of his Subjects Excepting the Vessels or goods 
belonging to the Islands of Bermuda, or New Providence, and 
should you be so fortunate as to take any Prize, be Carefull to put 
on board a proper Officer as prize Master, and a Sufficient Number 
of men to Navigate her, with Orders to proceed to Charles Town, or 
som Convenient Inlett in the State of South Carolina, and we par- 
ticularly Recomend that you take the Cap*, and two Thirds of the 
Crew belonging to any Prize (you may take) on board the Comet 
and that you give Directions for treating your prisoners with the 
greatest Humanity and Tenderness, and that you do use your best 
Endeavours to Inlist as many Seamen for the Comet As will keep 
the Complement to Eighty, you are to advise the Commissioners by 
Letter Directed to the first Commissioner of every Transaction worth 
Communicating during your Cruize. And that you do frequently 
cause to be read to the Vessels Company, the Rules of the Navy of 
this State, and the third Article of the Rules of Decepline -and 
good Government, and that yon Endeavour all in your power, to 
Cultivate Harmony and good Order among the Officers and Sea- 
men, and that you do every Month Examine the Accounts of the 
Different Warrant Officers, and when found right, that you do sign 
their Accounts agreable to the General Instructions given you by 
the Board And to prevent any Inconveniencies that may arrise for 
want of Credit Should you be Obliged to put into any French, Dutch 
or Other port, there is put on board the Comet Two Casks of Indico 



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Containing Seven Hundred & forty one pounds neat, which you are 
to dispose of or Lodge in such hands as shall appear most Capable of 
Rendering you the services that may be Required, the neat proceeds 
Invest in such Articles as Your Vessell may stand most in need off 
or may be most usefull for the Navy of this state, Otherwise it is 
to be redelivered on your return to Charles Town 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 

P. S. Should you be Obliged to put into Cape Francois and not have 
accasion to make use of the Indico, You'l please deliver it to M r . 
D'Oraisore Merchant there on part of what he is in advance for the 
Defence, And should you put into Cape Nichola Mole, then Deliver 
the Indico to M r . John Dupuy Merchant there, on the same Account 
and take two Receipts for the same One of which you are to forward 
by the first Opertunity to the Commissioners, and the Other to bring 
with you E Blake 

The first Commissioner was Ordered to Draw on the Treasury for 
the following acco*. in faviour of 

N 80 Jacob Cauffman for Sundry s Supplv d the) 

. . t Ui 

Brig 1 . Notre Dame y 

Adjourned to tomorrow Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 8 May 1777 
Adjourned to Next Saturday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday io th May 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Abbott Hall, Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, Esq rs 
The Board having Made a Proposall on Monday last the 5 th Ins 1 , to 
Cap* Alexander Gillon for a Quantity of Mahogany now Laying on 
Gen 1 . Gadsdens wharff, to give him 5. <j$ 100 feet which proposals 
Cap 4 . Gillon agreed to accept off Yesterday for the said Mahogany 

In the Privy Council May 8 th 1777 

The Board advised his Excellency to direct the Commissioners 
of the Navy Board to Establish a Rope walk 

by his Excell cy the Presid 4 : Order d Accordingly 
(signed) Jn Colcock 
Sec r y P. C 



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The first Commissioner was directed to draw on the Treasury for 

the Two following sums in faviour off Viz 4 . 

N8i Tho s Anderson for 2824 pounds of Hempl 

delivered by him to M r . Dan 1 ONeille sent I 423.12 
there by M r . John Creighton a 15 ^ O. . ] 
82 John Brotherer for a Negroe Man Named Titus" 

Purchased of him by Edw d Blake Esq r . first \- 700. . 
Commiss 1 " for the use of the Naval Depart- 
ment see the Bill of Sale dated the 8 th Ins* 



1123. 12. 

The Above Negroe Man Titus was delivered to M r Dan 1 ONeille 
for the use of the Public Rope Walk See his Receipt dated Yester- 
day 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Monday [break] 
The Board Mett According to Adjourn [break] 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissio [break] 

Geo Abbot Hall, Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, Geo Smith [break] 
A Letter was given to M r . David Hamilton to apply to Gabr 1 . 
Capers Esq r . for leave to Cutt live Oak Timber for the use of the 
Navy in the words following Viz 1 . 
M r . Hamilton 

You are desired by the Board to repair immediately to 
Gabriel Capers Esq r . at his Plantation in Christ Church Parish and 
agree with him for the Cutting of as Much Live Oak Timber on his 
Island as you think will be Necessary for the use of the Ship Yard 
under your Direction You are to Obtain it on as low terms as you 
possibly can, and to be delivered by M r . . Capers at a Convenient 
Landing place M r . Capers may be assured of Speedy payment 
from this Board, by their Order on the Public Treasury 

Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 
12 th May 1777.} 

Adjourned to Next Friday Evening 5 oClock 



Extra Meeting Navy Board Wednesday 14 th May 1777 

The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Geo Abbott Hall, Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, George Smith, Esq rs 



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A Letter was wrote to his Excellency the President. 
Navy Board 14 th May 1777 

Sir/ The Commissioners of the Navy having received Certain 
Information of the Capture of the Brigg Defence and Judging it 
Necessary, as soon as possible, to purchase or build ; One or more 
fit Vessels to Cruize for the protection of the Trade ot this State ; 
beg leave to recommend to your Excellency that as George Abbot 
Hall Esq r . on of the Commissioners of this Board is now going to 
the Northward for the Benefit of his Health, he may be Directed to 
purchase a [break] will mount not less than Eighteen six pounders 
[break] sailing, and in Every respect fit for the service intended, and 
have her Compleatly fitted, Armed, and maned, and that he may be 
furnished, with a Sufficient Credit on the Continental Treasury, to 
Enable him to make such purchase, and that your Excellency will 
furnish him with Blank Commissions for a Captain, and Two Lieu- 
tenants, 

By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

The following Acco ts . was Ordered to be drawn on the Treasury 
for, that is in faviour of 

83 Christ 1 ". Sheets for Venegar for the Brig* Comet 18. 15. 

84 Sam 1 Hrabowsk for Rum & Casks .... 341 . . 

85 James Snead for Turning for the Defence . . 26. 19. 

86 Alexander Horn for Sundrys 507. 15 

87 Jacob Cauffman for Sundrys for the Brig* Notre 

Dame 26. 17. 6 

88 William Moore for Baking 23. 7 

89 Alex r . Chisolm for Wood for the Comet . . . 28. 10 



^973- 3- -6 
90 Edw d . Stiles for Trucks for the Defence 12 - 



985.. 3 6 

Adjourned to Friday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board. Friday i6 th May 1777 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock- 



5. H. c. 



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Navy Board Monday 19 th May 1777 
Adjourned untill Summon'd 

Navy Board Friday 30 [break in both copies] 

The Board Mett according to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Comm [break] 

George Smith Josiah Smith Roger [break] 
Instructions for Cap 1 Seymour to Open [break] 

Navy Board May [break] 
Cap* 'Stephen Seymour 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will Imediately Open a House of Rendez [break] under the 
Direction of a Proper Officer, and Endeavour to Enlist as many 
Seamen as you possibly can, to serve on board of the Brigg Notre 
Dame, for six Months, or Longer, and for the Encouragement of 
such Seamen as may Enlist for that Time, you may Engage to 
Advance One Months pay to Each, And to Every man that will 
Enlist for Twelve Months or during the Warr, Ten Pounds Bounty 
over and above the Months pay, Pray be as frugal as possible in 
the Expence and particularly Carefull that you do not Enlist any 
man belonging to the Continental Frigate or to Either of the Rege- 
ments in the Continental or State Service 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
a Letter to M r David Hamilton 

Navy Board 30* May 1777 
M r David Hamilton 

Sir/ The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 
you do Imediately Sett up Six Battoes for the use of the public, and 
that you do also sett the Boat-Builder Imediately to Build a fitt boat 
for the Brigg Notre Dame and have them finished with all possible 
dispatch that you do tomorrow come to Town and Mark such 
Mahogany as will suit for the ship yard that M r . Calvert may have 
it sent up to the Yard 

by Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Co'mmiss r 
A Letter to Cap* . . Stephen Seymour 

Navy Board 17 th May 1777 
Cap*. . Stephen Seymour 
Sir/ 

The President and Privy Council having 
appointed you Cap 1 , of the Brigg Notre Dame (in the room of 



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Robert Cochran) the Commissioners of the Navy desire that you 
will repair on board the said Brigg, and Carry with you all the 
Officers and Seamen belonging the Rattle Snake as the Commis- 
sioners have determined that they should be all Turned over from 
the Rattle Snake to serve on board the Notre Dame You'l please 
Order a return to be made out and Delivered to the Clerk of the 
Navy Board, by the Different Officers of all the stores you had on 
board at the Time you Sailed from George Town for Hispaniola, and 
a List of all stores that have been Expended on board during the 
Voyage and what have been delivered to the Commissary, and the 
Clerk of the Navy Board Also Indents of all ihe stores on board 
the Notre Dame, and proper Indents for the stores wanted by the 
different warrant Officers to fitt her for a Cruize 

by Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

The following Acco ts were Ordered to be drawn on the Treas- 
ury for in faviour of 
N 91 Peter Prow Making Sails for the 

Defence 108. 10 

92 ditto . . . Making d for the 

Comet 178.. 10 287.. . 



93 James Donaldson Joiners work for the Comet 19. . 10 

94 The Pilot Boat Tryalls pay bill to the 23 d * 

Ins* 3 Mo s 139. 6 

95 Sundry persons for work on board the Notre 

Dame 68. . 5 

96 Doct r Alex 1 " Hyrne for Medicenes for Rattle 

Snake 23. . 2. 6 

97 The Schooner Rattle Snakes pay bill to y e 

20 th May 3660. .19. 5 



4198. . 2. .II 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 2 nd . . June [break] 
The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissio [break] 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, Thomas Corbett [break] 
A Letter was wrote to Cap*. Robert Cochran. 



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Cap 1 Robert Cochran Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will Deliver to M r John Calvert the Spy Glass purchased by you 
in France for the use of the Brig* . . Notre Dame 

Edw d Blake i si Commiss 1 " 
a Letter was wrote to M r . Isaac Seymour 

Navy Board 2 d June 1777 
M r . Isaac Seymour Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you do with all possible Dispatch take on board the Schooner Rattle 
Snake a Quantity of Sea Coal now lying on Champneys wharff and 
carry the same up to the public Ship Yard, there deliver them to the 
Master of the Yard as soon as you have delivered the Coals, you 
are to have your Vessell Graved and Cleaned with all possible dis- 
patch 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter was wrote to Cap 1 Steven Seymour 

Navy Board 2 d June 1777 
Cap 1 . Stephen Seymour 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will with all possible dispatch, get the Brigg Notre Dame 
ready to proceed to Sea on a Cruize, as the Commissioners are very 
Desirous that 'the Comet and Notre Dame should sail together in 
Concert, the Comet will we hope be ready in the Course of ten or 
fourteen days at Farthest 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Pray dont Omitt sending in the Indents of the Different 
Stores wanted, to the Commissary 

[Break] following Accounts were orderd to be drawn on the 
Treasury for 

In favour of Viz 1 . . 
Tunis Tebout for Blacksmiths work for the Sloop 

Beaufort 156.. i. 

Smith & Darrell a Hh d Rum for the Brigg Comet .... 245 . 5 
Thomas Waring for Rice for the Defence & Comet . . 93 . . 3 

Jacob Willaman for Beef for the Comet 115. .15 

George Smith Jun r 2 Cords wood for the Notre Dame. . 15. . 



625 4 - 

Agreed to Lett M r . William Johnson have Six Ton of Publics Coals- 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5 oClock 



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Navy Board Thursday 5 th . June 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Smith, Josiah Smith, Tho 3 Corbett Esq rs . . 
A Letter was wrote to M r John Dupey at Cape Nichola Mole 
Navy Board Charles Town S Carolina June 4 th 1777 
M r . John Dupey Sir/ 

Our last to you was 14 th January Since 

which we are without any of your Faviours this serves to Cover 
Invoice & Bill of Loading for 4 Casks of Choice Indigo which You'l 
please Receive and Dispose of for the Highest price you can Obtain 
the Neat proceeds You'l please Apply for payment of the Debt Con- 
tracted by Cap*. Thomas Pickering of the State Brigg of Warr 
Defence, if any further Ballance Should remain dew you, please 
Advise us Early as possible, and You may Depend we will Remitt 
by the first Opertunity after, And if any Ballance due this State, 
You'l please Retain it in Your Hands, till you receive Directions 
from this Board how to remitt it we are Really Sorry it has not 
been in our power to have Reimbursed you sooner, Entirely Owing 
to our not being able to get Freight, As the Indigo has been pur- 
chased upwards of four ' Months for that purpose, You'l please 
Charge Intrest on the Ballance of Your Acco*. from the time You 
Advanced, as we would not wish that any person should suffer the 
least Loss on any Transaction for the service of this State. We are 
hopeful that We shall in future be able to Lodge some Money in the 
hands of our Friends for the purpose of supplying our State Vessels. 

I am Sir Your most Obed* . . 

Hbl e Serv 4 . 

Edward Blake fi [break] 

Directed To Mons r . John Dupey Merch*. at Cape Nichola Mole 
Highspaniola 

The above four Casks of Indigo was Ship d on board the Sloop 
Little Fanny Cap*. John Darrell together with a Letter Incloseing 
Invoice and Bill of Loading for 1465 Ib Indigo. 

A Copy of the forementioned Letter to M r Dupey Incloseing 
a Second Bill of Loading was put on board the Sloop Success. Cap 1 . 
Will" 1 Allen- 
Ordered that M r Stephen Duvall do Emediately Cause the Pilot 
boat Eagle to be Carried to the Public ship Yard and have her 
Cleaned and put in good repair 



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The following Acco ts . was Ordered to be drawn on the Treasury 
in faviour of / 

103 William Hest for Cordage for the Sloop Beaufort 13. 7 

104 Pay Bill of the Sloop Beaufort to the 4 th June . 695. 8. 6 

105 Josiah Smith Jun r Esq r . freig 1 of Pork from Geo 

Town 42 

106* Humphry Humphrys for 333 W . Hemp a 15 49 19 - 

107 Edward Fisher & C. for Sundrys Supplyed the 

Commiss rs 50,, 15 

108 Clem* Lempriere his Acco 1 . against the Brigg 

Defence 578 16 



1430,, 5,, 6 
Adjourned to next Saturday 5 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 7 th June 1777 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 9 th . June 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 

Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, George Smith Esq rs 
A Letter was wrote to M r ,, Sam 1 . Wells, & one to M r . John Single- 
tary, to Supply to public Ship Yard with Sparrs and Plank 
The following Acco ts . was drawn on the Treasury for infav r 
Carpenters at the Ship Yard half a Month wages 600. . 



600. 
Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board. Thursday 12 th June 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, George Smith, Esq rs . 
Agreed by the Board that the Commissary do make Choice of Such 
Articles from the Prize goods as are usefull to the Navy of this state, 

J On the margin is this annotation : "not to be Charged L" 



and the Commissioners agree to pay the Average price the rest of the 
Cargo Sells for 

A Letter was wrote to M r Benj a Clark at Beaufort 

Navy Board June 12 th 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy being in want of a proper 
person to Carry on the Blockmaking Business for the Public of this 
State, and being Informed by some of your friends that you was a 
fitt person to Carry on that Business, has Induced me to write to 
You on that Subject, and if agreeable to you to Engage with the 
Commissioners, You'l please Advise me by Letter mentioning the 
Terms 

We mean to fix the Shop at the Public ship Yard about three 
Miles from Charles Town a very pleasant place and where you may 
be out of the way of any great Expence If you can make it Con- 
venient to come to Town and agree with the Commissioners it will 
be to your Advantage I believe they will have no Objection to pay 
you the Current prices for all the Work you [break in both copies] 

I am Sir Your Most hble Servant 

Edward B [break in both copies] 

The following Acco ts . were Ordered to be drawn on the [break] for 
in faviour of 
109 M c Culley Righton for Negroe hire & wages as) r ... 

boat keeper to the I st Inst* ^ 

no Lieu 1 Will m Hall 2 Acco ts . for work on board the 

Notre Dame 37.. 10 [break] 



347 [break] 
Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board. . Saturday 14 th June 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, -Tho 5 Corbett, Roger Smith Esq rs 
A Letter to M r . M c Culley Righton 
M r ,, Righton 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you do Imediately send a Boat & Six hands if so many can Con- 
veniently be got (if not four good hands) to assist in taking the 



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Powder off from the pest House on Morris's Island, and put it on 
board the Tryal Pilot Boat. 

Edw d Blake I st Commiss 1 " 

] the above Pilot boat being: on ground at this 
Navy Board . 

Vtime the following Letter was wrote to Cap 1 . 

Tune T/l" 1 T777 

J Jn. Mercier of the Sloop Beaufort 
A Letter to Cap*. Mercier 
Cap 1 . Mercier 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy request that you 
do immediately proceed with the Sloop Beaufort to Morris's Island 
(taking care to call at Sullivants Island for a pass from the Com- 
manding Officer there) and take on board all the powder belonging 
to the public of this State with which you are to proceed off Charles 
Town with all possible Dispatch, pray be Careful of Fire and that 
you do not Anchor near any Vessel. 

Navy Board ) , , _. , _ 

. i , } Edward Blake first Commiss r 

[break] June 1777 ^ 

N B. Two Men of Warr off the Bar therefore lose no time 
in Secureing the Powder 
A Letter to the Commanding Officer at Fort Moultrie 

Navy Board June 14 th 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy having directions from his 
Excellency the president to send the Sloop Beaufort Cap 4 . John 
Mercier to Morris's Island to bring off all the Powder now in the 
pest House, You'l please suffer him to pass to that place 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

An Order drawn on the Treasury in faviour of M r Humphry Hum- 
phrys the 4 th . Ins*, for 333 W . of Hemp is Cancell d by M r Dan 1 ONeille 
paying the said humphrys for the said Hemp Amo tg to. . .^49. . 19 

See N, 1 06 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of M r Dan 1 ONeille 
for the Ballance of his Acco*. 169 3-/ 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday i6 th June 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present .... Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 
Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, George Smith, Esq rs 

Resolved by the board that the Provissions in the hands of the 
Commissary be Examined and what may happen to be deem'd unfitt 
for service, be Emedeately sold by the Commissary 

A Letter was wrote to Elisha Sawyer Esq r . . 

Sir/ The Commissioners of the Navy desire, that you will as 
soon as possible have all the provisions now in your possession 
Examined, and if any shall appear to you unfitt for the use of the 
Navy you'l please apply to Two fitt persons to Examine the same 
and such as they may think unfitt for use, you are to dispose off 
Immediately, after such survey is made and return to this board a 
Certificate under their hands. 

Edward Blake, first Commissioner 
Navy Board i6 th June 1777 

To Elisha Sawyer Esq r . 
Commissary for the Naval Department 

A Letter was wrote to M r . John Turner 

Navy Board i6 th June 1777 
M r . John Turner 

We have received notice from his Excellency the 
President that a French Snow is hourly Expected, and directed by 
him, to Order the Pilot Boat Tryal to go out as Early in a Morning 
as possible and to keep out Every day till sunsett, in Order to give 
the said Snow, or any other Vessel bound in, the best Chance of 
Escaping from the men of warr that are now off the Barr, for this 
purpose we direct that you do Anchor the boat every Night in 
Rebellion Road untill relieved by the Eagle Pilot boat, Agreable to 
a late Act of the General Assembly 

Edward Blake first Commiss r . 
Adjourned to next Friday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Friday 2O th June 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs . 
A Letter wrote to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board June 2O th 1777. 

The Commissioners of the Navy presents their Compliments to 
his Excellency the President and Acquaints him, that it has been the 



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Constant practice of this Board, to put on board the State Vessels 
bound on a Cruze, Indigo to bear their Expence should any of them 
be Obliged to put into any Foreign port, but at this Time, that 
article is not to be had, unless at a very Extravigant price and as 
they are Informed that the Continental Congress have agents in all 
the Foreign Islands they will be Obliged to his Excellency for a 
Letter of Credit for Capt ns Seymour and Allen on the different 
Agents, should Either of them be Obliged to put into Martinico 
Guardaloup, S 1 Eustatia, or Hispaniola 

Resolved to Build a Galley of the following Dementions viz 
Length of Keel ... 100 feet -1 
Breadth of Beam 26 feet . . . I 

Depth in the Hold 10 feet Clear J 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Sums in 
faviour of 

112 Cap 1 Edw d Allen for taking up Deserters & c for the 

Comet ............................ 89 .7.6 

113 Cap 1 James Doharty his Acco 1 for the Beaufort 

Galley ................... ......... 146. o. .6 

114 Cap 1 James Doharty Advanced him ........ 300. . 

115 Paul Pritchard for 4000 feet Inch Pine boards for) 

the use of the Ship Yard ....... ..... 100. . - 



A Letter of Instructions for Cap 1 . Edward Allen 

Navy Board South Carolina 2O lh June 1777 
Capt n . Edward Allen 

Sir/ 

The Brigantine of warr Comet of which 

you are Capt n . being now ready to proceed to Sea on a Cruze having 
on board nearly a full Complement of Men and Provissions & stores 
for Three Months, we desire that you will Embrace the first favour- 
able Opertunity to proceed to Sea, And you have our Liberty to 
Cruze not Exceeding Three Months from the day you Leave 
Charles Town 'Barr, in such station as shall appear to you most 
promiseing of Success, During which time you are to Take, Sink, 
Burn or Destroy, any Ships Vessells or Goods belonging to the King 
of Great Britain or to any of his Subjects, excepting the Vessels or 
goods belonging to the Islands of Bermuda or New Providence, and 
Should you be so fortunate as to take any Prize be carefull to put on 
board a proper Officer as prise Master and a Sufficient number of 



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Men to navigate [break] with Orders to proceed to Charles Town, 
or some Convenient Inlet in the State of South Carolina, and we 
particularly Recommend, that you take the Capt n . and two thirds of 
the Crew belonging to any Prize (you may take) on board the 
Comet, and that you give directions for treating your prisoners with 
the greatest Humanity and Tenderness and that you do use your best 
Endeavours to Inlist as many seamen for the Comet as will keep the 
Complement to Eighty, You are to advise the Commissioners by 
Letter directed to the first Commissioner of every Transaction worth 
Comunicating during your Cruze, and that you do frequently cause 
to be read to the Vessels Company the Rule of the Navy of this 
State, and the Third Article of the Rules of Decepline and good 
Government and that you Endeavour all in your power to Cultivate 
Harmony and good Order among the Officers and Seamen And that 
you do every Month Examine the Accounts of the different warrant 
Officers and when found right that you do sign their accounts agrea- 
ble to the General Instructions given you by the Board And to 
prevent any Inconvenience that may arise for want of Credit should 
you be Obliged to put into any Foreign Port you have herewith a 
Letter of Credit from his Excellency the President on the agent of 
the Continental Congress residing at such port, and whatever Sup- 
plys you may Receive from him for the use of the Comet you are to 
Draw Bills on this Board for the amount, and advise the Commis- 
sions by every Oppertnnity of all such Drafts, The Commissioners 
of the Navy having received Information from his Excellency the 
President of a Number of Brass Field Pieces and Other warlike 
stores belonging to this State; being at Cape Francois in the Hands 
of Mons r . Carabasse they desire that in Case you should put into that 
port at a time your Cruize may be [break] out, and you [break] to 
return to Charles Town you unll call on Mons r Carabasse and take 
on board the Comet [break] many of them with their Carriages and 
Stores as you can Conveniently Bring. 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board. Saturday 2i st . June. 1777 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 



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Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, George Smith, Esq rs 
Orders was drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums in 
faviour of 

N 116 
Edward Blake Esq r . for a Negroe Man Named) 

Jack for the use of the Public Rope walk ) ^825. 

N. 117 
Tho s Legare Jun r . for a Negroe Man Named Hor-) 

ace for the use of the Public Rope walk \ 700 

N 118 
Sam 1 Bonsell his Acco*. of Iron work for the Notre 

Dame 55 



1580 

Agreed with Benjamin Warshington, Blacksmith to work at the 
public* Ship Yard & to alltfw\ him 60. . <j$ month & one & a half 
Rations & half pint of Rum ^ day. And 25 ^ month for his 
Negroe man. 
Adjourned untill further Summons 

Navy Board Monday 3O th June 1777 
The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Tho s Corbett George Smith Esq rs .... 
A Letter to Geo Abbott Hall Esq r . 

S Carolina - - Navy Board June 3O th 1777 
George Abbot Hall Esq r 

Sir ' 

The Commissioners of the Navy board 

have this day wrote to their Delegates in Continental Congress 
desireing them to Engage Twelve good Ship Carpenters, with an 
Experienced Foreman, One ship Joyner, & One good Block Maker 
to serve Twelve Months after their Arival at Charles Town. 

We beg that you will be [break in both copies] assistance 
in your power to get and forward [break] as possible, as we have a 
very large Galley [break] now [break] and we are fearfull the 
greater part, if not the whole of the Carpenters now Employed in 
the State Yard, will quit & return to Philadelphia as soon as their 
three Months [break] is expired, after which we shall be greatly 
Distressed for want [break] ters unless we get Supplyed from the 
Northward 



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If such as have their own Tools can be Engaged it will be [break] as 
them Articles are very scarce and hard to be got in this State 
Pray Inform this Board of Every thing that will [break] of Service 
to the Navy of this State, and whether or not you have purchased a 
Vessel on Account of this State ; if Pickerin is Exchanged, or 
likely to be Exchanged soon, if not, and you have purchased a Ves- 
sel who is to Command her 

by Order of the Board I am Sir 
Your Most Obed*. Hbl e Serv'. 

Edward Blake I st Commiss. 

A Letter to the Deligates of this State in Philadelphia 
Navy Board June 3O th 1777 
Gentlemen/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board having Estab- 
lished a Public Ship Yard, & Rope walk in the State of South Caro- 
lina, and haveing given Directions for the Building a Galley for the 
Defence of the State & the protection of Trade, not being able to 
get Sufficient Workmen here to Execute the Business with Dispatch, 
they will be very much Obliged to you if you will Endeavour to 
Engage and send here as soon as possible Twelve good Ship Car- 
penters with an Experienced Foreman, One Ship Joyner, and One 
good Block Maker, on the most reasonable Terms you can, to serve 
Twelve Months after their arival at Charles Town, their wages to 
Commence the day of this Agreement We have now Employ'd in 
the Ship Yard Eighteen Carpenters which were Returning from 
Georgia to Philadelphia they were Engaged in Philad 3 . for the State 
of Georgia at Thirty Dollars ^9 Month Each, their wages to 
Continue [break] they have returned Home in Order to Induce 
them to stay here [break] Months which was the Longest time they 
would Engage for, We gave them forty Dollars ^0 Month, and One 
Ration and a half a Man <P day, and to Continue their pay till they 
return to Philadelphia, should they Incline to do so at the End of 
three Months We are Hope full that you will be able to Engage on 
Better Terms, at least so as to Ease this State of any expence, after 
they leave the Service, we would recommend that each of them 
should furnish his Own Tools if such men can Conveniently be got, 
as such Articles are become very scarce and of Course very dear in 
this State We shall be much Obliged to you to furnish us with all 
such regulations respecting the Continental Navy, as will be of any 
particular Service to regulate the Navy of this State, as we are' very 
desireous to have the Navy of this State under as good Regulations, 



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and on as respectable a Footing- as any Other Navy in America by 
Order of the Board 

I am Gentlemen Your Most Obed*. 

Hbl e Serv 1 . 

Edw d Blake I st Commissioner 
Instructions for Capt n Stephen Seymour 

Navy Board South Carolina June 3O th 1777 
Capt". Stephen Seymour 

Sir/ 

The Brigantine of war Notre Dame of 

which you are Capt n , being now ready to proceed to sea on a Cruize 
having on board nearly a full Complement of men & provissions and 
Stores for Three Months, we desire that you will Embrace the first 
faviourable Oppertunity to Proceed to sea, And you have our Lib- 
erty to Cruise not Exceeding Three Months from the day you leave 
Charles Town Barr, in such station as shall appear to you most 
promising of Success, During which Time you are to Take, Sink, 
Burn, or Destroy, and ships, Vessels, or Goods, belonging to the 
King of Great Britain, or to any of his Subjects Excepting the Ves- 
sels, or Goods, belonging to the Islands of Burmuda, or new Provi- 
dence, & should you be so fortunate as to take any prize, be Carefull 
to put on board a proper Officer as prize Master & a Sufficient num- 
ber of Men to Navigate her, with Orders to proceed to Charles Town, 
or some Convenient Inlet in the State of South Carolina & we partic- 
ularly recommend that you take [break] and Two thirds of the Crew, 
belonging to any prize (you [break] on board the Notre Dame, and 
that you give directions for Treating your Prisoners with the great- 
est Humanity & Tenderness, and that you do use your best Endeavou 
[break] list as many Seamen for the Notre Dame as will keep 
| break] Complement to Eighty, You are to Advise the Commissio 
[break] by Letter Directed to the first Commissioner of every Trans- 
action worth Communicateing, during your Cruise, and that you do 
frequently cause to be read to the Vessels Company the Rules of the 
Navy of this State, and the third Article of the Rule of Decipline 
and good Government, and that you Endeavour all in your power to 
Cultivate Harmony and good Order among the Officers & Seamen, 
and that you do Every Month Examine the Accounts of the 
different Warrant Officers, and when found Right that you do sign 
their Acco ts Agreable to the General Instructions given you by 
this Board And to prevent any Inconvenience that may Arise for 
want of Credit Should you be Obliged to put into any Foreign port 
you have herewith a Letter of Credit from his Excellency the Presi- 



79 

dent on the Agent of the Continental Congress resideing at such 
Port ; and whatever Supplys you may receive from him for the use 
of the Notre Dame, you are to draw Bills on this Board for the 
Amount; and advise the Commissioners by Every Opertunity of all 
such Drafts, The Commissioners of the Navy having received 
Information from his Excellency the President of a Number of 
Brass Field Pieces and Other warlike Stores, belonging to this State 
being at Cape Francois in the Hands of Mons r . Carabasse, they 
desire that in case you should Put into that Port at a time your Cruize 
may be nearly Out and you are about to return to Charles Town you 
will Call on Mons r . Carabasse and take on board the Notre Dame as 
many of them with their Carriages & Stores as you Can Con- 
veniently Bring 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake I st Commissioner. 

Agreed that the first Commissioner do apply to his Excellency the 
President for an Order for Twenty Labouring Negroes for the 
Naval .Department. 

Also for the Floating Battery, to fetch from Capers Island a 
Load of Ship Timber for the Ship Yard 

Also, to Order M r M c Culley Righton to send all such boats as 
General Gadsden may want, & has been repaired, down to Sullivants 
Island & to bring such boats from the Island as want repair 

The following Acco ts . were Ordered to be drawn on the Treas- 
ury for viz in faviour of-** 

119 Thomas Ditchfield a Rendvous Acco 1 . for the Notre 

Dame 1235,, 12. 6. 

120 William Denney for Pouches .... for ditto 180 - 

121 George Flagg. Painting & Rectefying Compasses 

for ditto 25.5 



7. 6 

122 Cap* Step" Seymour Advanced by him 593 .15 

Cap 1 . Seymour for provissipns for the Rattle Snake 78 - 



Adjourned to next Thursday Evens. 6 oClock 
Ended 1 



rough journal was kept in several small blank books. This was the end 
of the first of these. These little' books had been bound into one volume some 
years ago by the authorities of the New York State Library. The first book 
contained ninety-three pages of written matter. The ninety-fourth page was 
blank. 



8o 

[Top line missing from both copies.] 

Navy Board I st July 1777 

[Break] missioners of the Navy, beg leave to Observe to His [break] 
the President, that, in their Opinion, the State should be furnished 
with a Vessel of Greater Force, than any that now belongs to it, to 
be employ'd as well for the protection of its Trade, as for the 
Annoyance of its Enemies, and, that if a Ship was immediately built 
of about 108 feet Keel, 31 feet Beam, & depth of Hold in propor- 
tion, such Vessel would be of much more benefit to the State than 
Another Galley, and is at Present much more wanted, The Board 
have at Present a Number of Ship Carpenters Employ'd in the State 
Yard & have wrote to Philadelphia for thirteen more in Order to 
Carry on the work with Dispatch ; they are hopefull they will be 
here before those now Employ'd Quit the Service, should they Incline 
to do so, when the Three Months are Expired, the time they first 
Engaged for; They are also furnished with Timber and Other 
Materials necessary for the Building of such a Vessel, and if its the 
pleasure of your Excellency, & Council, that such a One should be 
Built, you will be pleased to signify it to the Board as soon as 
possible, (the Operations in the ship Yard being Delay 'd for your 
Answer) and the Commissioners will give Orders Accordingly 
The Acteons Guns with others that may be furnish'd by the State, 
the Commissioners apprehend will be sufficient for the Vessel men- 
tioned The Public are at a Considerable Expence in hiring Negro 
Labourers at great Wages, for the Naval Department, great part 
of which might be saved & the work more certainly & regularly 
Conducted, if your Excellency would be pleased to Order Twenty of 
the Labouring Negroes, Employ'd in the Public Service to assist in 
the works of the Naval Department, under the direction of the Com- 
missioners The Commissioners have a Quantity of ship Timber 
laying at M r Capers Island, which they have accasion for at the 
Ship Yard, & will be Obliged to his Excellency to Order the Float- 
ing Battery to be delivered to the Commissioners, in Order to Con- 
vey it Over as the State has no Other Vessel proper for the pur- 
pose this Business done she shall be return'd to M r Will- 
by Order of the Board Edw d Blake first Commissioner 

i 
Navy Board - - [break in both copies.] 

The Board Met Accordwg- to Adjourn[break~\ 
Present. Edward B [break] 

Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, Tho s Savag [break] 
Copies of Two Letters; One to the Delegates of this Stat [break] 



8i 

and One to George Abbot Hall Esq r . at the same place [break] 
Ult. were wrote by the 1 first Commissioner and sent [break] Cotes- 
worth Pinckney 

Agreed to Allow M r . John Gabroel half a pint of Rum ^ 
d [break] for Each of his white workmen & a Gill of Rum ^ day for 
Ea [break] of his Negroes while Employ 'd by the Commissioners 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the Following Acco ts . in 
fav r . of 

James Snead for sundrys for the Brig* Notre Dame .... 39 

John R d Talman for Boards Supplyed John Gabroel. . 105. o. 9 

James Stedman for Trucks for the Notre Dame 54 

M c Culley Righton his wages & Cash in the M. of 

June 212 5 

Will m Ward Burrows for draw 8 Lease & c . for Rope 

Walk 50- 



460 5 
Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 5 th July 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss 1 " 

Josiah Smith, Tho s Savage, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs 
The Agreement between the Commissioners of the Navy, and 
Daniel ONeille Rope Maker, were Signed & Sealed by both Parties 
in presence of 

John Calvert & Daniel Smith 
Adjourned to next Wednesday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 9 th July 1777 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday io th . July 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, Tho s Corbett, Tho 5 Savage, Esq rs 

6. H. C. 



82 

A Letter to Cap 1 . Isaac Seymour 
Capt n . Seymour 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 
Tomorrow (without fail) You have the Floating Battery ready to 
proceed for a Load of Timber for the use of the public Ship Yard, 
and that you do Acquaint the first Commissioner as soon as the Ves- 
sel is ready 

Edw d Blake I st Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to M c Culley Righton 

Navy Board July io th 1777' 
M r . M c Culley Righton 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy have 

been Informed by General Gadsden that the boats lately repaired 
have not been delivered at Sullivants Island as was directed by the 
Commissioners, they therefore desire that all such boats as have been 
repaired be delivered to the Commanding Officer at Sullivants 
Island, and that all the boats now at the Island that want repair be 
Immediately sent to the Ship Yard and delivered to M r . David Ham- 
ilton Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to M r . David Hamilton 

dated Navy Board July 7 th 1777 
M r . David Hamilton 

Sir/ 

The President having Signified to the 

Board by Message delivered by M r . John Calvert that it was the 
Determination of the Council, that a Galley of the Following Dimen- 
sions Sixty Two feet Keel Twenty feet Beam & Six feet Clear in 
the Hold should be Immediately built for the defence of this State, 
you'l therefore have [break] Galley Built with all possible dispatch. 

Message from his Excellency the President to the Commission- 
ers of the Navy dated July 9 th 1 777 

The Public will not in future Insure Negroes employed in the 
Armed Vessells belonging to the State 

The following Acco 15 . were Ordered to be drawn on the Treasury 
in favour of 
N 01 James Black for Building a Galley. . . .3248. .15 [break] 

1 A11 has been left blank under "N" in the original journal, but in the 
engrossed copy before the first eight items are the numbers 131 to 138. 
Between the first of these and the writing is the figure 21, the next two ri, 
the fourth 13. the fifth 23, the sixth 29, the seventh 5 and the eighth a blank 
space. Before the first exhibit in Trusler's item is ihe figure 34 and before 
the second is 8. 



83 

ditto for work done to the Sloop Beau- 
fort 295.. 14 [break] 

John Hughes for work on board Sloop 

Beaufort 42.. n [break] 

Eagle Pilot boat a pay bill from the 4 th 



Apr 1 to the 4 th July being three 

Months 

Jacob Valk for a Negro Man Landy 
for the use of the Rope Walk- 



402. . [break] 



410 [break] 



Elisha Sawyer Commissary his Dis- 

burstments 6072. 8. 2 

George Warshing Beef for the Rattle 

Snake ! 41. 3. 9 

William Trusler for Sundry Acco ts . viz 

Pilot Boat Tryal for Beef 57. 2. 9. 

Brigg Notre Dame, .ditto 406.11. 6 

Pilot Boat Eagle . . . .ditto 66. 2. 3. 

Brigg Comet ditto 358.. 14. . . 

Sloop Beaufort. . . .ditto 12.16 

Ship Yard ditto 80.12 981. .18. 6 



11494. . ii . .8 
Adjourned to Next Saturday Even 8 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 12 th July 1777 
Adjourned to next Monday Evens 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 14 th July 1777- 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 15 th July 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . rst Commiss 1 " 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, Tho 8 Savage, Esq rs . 
The following Sums were Ordered to be drawn for on the Treasury 
in faviour of 



84 

Daniel ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 1000 
Will" 1 Hest a Hauser for the Comet 1190. a 30. 357 

^1357 

Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board . . . .Thursday 1 7 th July 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, Thomas Savage, Esq rs 
Lease's for the Public Rope walk were Executed between Mathewrin 
Guerin, Joseph Creighton, & Geo* Tew of the One part and the 
Commissioners of the Navy of 'the Other part for the Term of five 
Years from the First day of March Last 

A Letter to M r . Elisha Sawyer 

Navy Board July 17 th 1777 
M r Elisha Sawyer 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire to 
know what forwardness the sails, Rigging, & other stores Ordered 

for the Beaufort Galley are in, and when the whole will be ready 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter to Capt n . Stephen Duval 

Navy Board July 17 th . 1777 
Capt". Stephen Duval 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you do Immediately deliver from on Board the Eagle Pilot Boat 
Unto Capt" Thorn [break] of The Tryal Pilot Boat Two Negroe Men 
(Namely [break] M r . . Jacob Waldron, and Belonging 

to M rs : Jones, and that Every Night for Eight Nights from this date 
(when not upon any Special Duty) Anchor with the Pilot Boat as 
near to Sullivans Island as you Conveniently Can, -and that you do 
Proceed over the Bar to sea Early Every Morning and give all possi- 
ble Assistance to such Vessels as may be Bound into this port, and 
that you [break] times on Discovering any of the Enemy's Ships 
Inform the Commanding Officer at Fort Moultrie of their Numbers 
strength & Situation as nearly as you Can . . . Edward Blake first 
Commis [break] 



85 

A Letter to Capt n . Thomas Smith 

Navy E^pard July 17 th 1777 
Capt n . Tho s Smith 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you do Immediately Call on Capt n Stephen Duval of the Eagle Pilot 
Boat, and receive from him Two Negroe Men to Serve on board the 
Tryall Pilot Boat under your Command, (Namely,) Belonging 

to M r , Jacob Waldron & belonging to M rs . Jones and 

that you do also Endeavour to Engage Mess". Pharoah and Elsenore 
to go with you as Branch Pilots, and that you do get the Tryal ready 
with all possible Dispatch to proceed to sea, and that you do Inform 
the Commissioners of the Navy when ready 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to Cap 1 : John Mercier 

Navy Board July 17 th 1777; 
Capt". John Mercier 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will attend the Board this Evening at Eight oClock, and that 
you bring an Indent of all such Stores as will be wanted to fit out the 
Sloop Beaufort as an Armed Vessel 

Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
[Break] Letter to [undecipherable] Elisha Sawyer 

Navy Board July 17 th 1777 
M r Elisha Sawyer 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that 

you will furnish Capt n John Mercier of the Sloop Beaufort with all 
S;Uch stores as he may apply for to fit said Sloop for Sea with all 
possible Dispatch ; that you do purchase Six Hhds of Rum for the 

use of the Naval Department Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board. Saturday 19 th July 1777 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board. Monday 2i st July 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, George Smith, Roger Smith, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs 



86 

A Letter to M r . David Hamilton 

9 Navy Board July 2 I st 1777 

M r . Hamilton 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Desire that you 
do this Evening or very Early in the Morning send two good Car- 
penters to Sullivants Island, to repair a Boat belonging to General 
Gadsden Edw d Blake first Commiss r . 

Agreed to send the Sloop Beaufort Capt" John Mercier (In 
Land) to Beaufort in Order to have her Compleatly fitted for Sea 
and as Soon as fitted to Return from Beaufort to Charles Town- 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Acco ts 
William Johnson his Acco*. against the Brigg Comet 294. 3. 9 

ditto Brigg Defence 138 13 6 

ditto Brigg Notre Dame 379. .8 

Stephen Duval Disbursements for the Eagle 36.19. 6 

John Hughes Joyners work on board the B Galley .... 363 



1212. .4. .p. 

A Boat [break] the Ship Carpenters at the Public Ship yard for Five 
[break] and an Order sent to M r . David Hamilton [break] said Boat 
with Two Swivel Stocks, for the use of General Gadsden at Sulli- 
vants Island 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening [break] 



Navy Board .... Thursday 24 th July 1777 
A Letter to M r . David Hamilton 

Navy Board July 23 d 1777 
M r . David Hamilton 

Sir/ 

Gen 1 . Gadsden has wrote to the Vice Presi- 
dent Complaining greatly that the boats lately repaired at the Public 
Ship Yard, were sent down to him in a most Slovenly Manner par- 
ticularly the large Long boat & Flatt purchased from M r . Loocock ; 
the Commissioners desire that you will be more Careful in future, 
and not Suffer any work to be sent from the Yard but what is faith- 
fully done as it is very disagreable to them to have such Com- 
plaints Edw d Blake first Commiss r 



8; 

A Letter to Capt". John Mercier 

Navy Board July 23 d 1777 
Capt". John Mercier 

Sir/ 

With the Sloop Beaufort under your Com- 
mand, you are to proceed with all possible dispatch to Beaufort, and 
there deliver to Capt". James Dohartie of the Beaufort Galley, all the 
Cordage, Sails, and Other Stores, you have on board for the use of 
the said Galley You'll also please to have the Sloop Beaufort 
Immediately fitted with all Necessary Bolts, Blocks, and Other Stores 
to Compleat her for an Armed Vessell, to Mount Six Carriage Guns 
& Ten Swevels As soon as the Sloop. is Compleat You'll please 
return with her to Charles Town with all possible Dispatch, but by 
no means Venture out to Sea Either going or Coming Unless you are 
well Advised that the Coast is Clear of Men of War and Cruizers 
I am Sir Your Most Hbl e Serv 1 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to Cap*. . James Dohartie 

Navy Board July 23 d 1777 
Capt James Dohartie 

Sir/ 

By Cap*. Mercier of the Sloop Beaufort, 

You'll receive the Sails, Rigging & c . for the use of the Beaufort 
Galley, the Commissioners recommend that you be as Expeditious 
as possible in getting her fitted and ready for Service, any Other 
Stores you may want that cannot be had in Beaufort You'll please 
send an Indent, as soon as possible, at foot you have a List of all 
Such Stores as are now sent 

I am Sir Your Most Hbl e Serv*. 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 ". 

Agreed to Draw on the Treasury for the following Sum in favour 
of James Miller for a Boat Purchased of him ^550 

adjourned to Next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Saturday 26 th July 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Thomas Corbett, Roger Smith, Esq rs 
Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Acco ts . in fa# r . of 
Nath 1 Russell for 6 Hh d . Rum 658 Galls a 6o/. ^ 
Gall 



Elisha Poinsett for Medicines for the Brigg Notre 

Dame 448. .17. 6 

Philip Hart for sundrys Supplyed the Commissary.. 516. . 7. 4^ 

Benj a . Warshington Blacksmith i Month wages 

due him the 2i st Ultimo for self 60 Negroe 85 
fellow 25 



3024. . 4. .ioy 2 

Adjourned to next Tuesday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 29 th July 1777 

adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 50 July 1777. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Roger Smith, George Smith, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs . . 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the Following Acco*. in 
fav r . of Henry Smith Esq r . for Cyp s & Pine boards) 

boards for the Ship Yard \j/5- <? -4 

Adjourned to next Saturday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 2 d August 1777 
Adjourned untill further Summons 



Navy Board Monday i8 th August 1777 

The Board Met According to Summons 

Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith George Smith Thomas Savage Esq rs 

Navy Board July 3O th 1777 
Capt n . John Mercier 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy having 

Received directions from his Excellency the President to send the 
Sloop Beaufort with a Load of Rice to One of the French Islands, 
they desire to know if it will be agreeable to you to go in her as 
Captain and Transact the Business, for which the usual Commission 



89 

will be allowed, If you Accept of the Offer, You'll please purchase 
a Load of Good new Rice at Beaufort, & draw on the Commissioner 
of the Navy for Amount (the Current price in Charles Town is 
5O/ 3$ TOO w 4 .) and as soon as your Vessel is Loaded and fit for sea, 
You are to proceed with all possible dis/> [break] to Cape Francois, 
or Some Harbour in Hispaniola, ther^ dispose of the Cargo of Rice 
at the highest price you can obtain, and purchase as much Rum as 
you Can conveniently stow, if any money Remains after paying "for 
the Rum and the Necessary Charges of the Vessel!, you are to Invest 
it in good Osnabrugs or Sail Duck, and Proceed with all possible 
dispatch to Cha s Town, or the First Convenient Inlet in the State of 
South Carolina, if any provissions or Other Stores are wanted that 
Cannot be got in Beaufort, Advise the Commissioners as Early as 
possible that they may be sent from Charles Town, or if it should 
not suit you to proceed on this Voyage, pray make all possible haste 
in getting the Sloop fitted and Loaded for the sea, and proceed with 
her to Charles Town 

I am Sir Your Most Hbl e . Serv 4 . 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Navy Board July 3 I st 1777 
Capt n . James Dohartie 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire 

that you will with all possible Dispatch get the Beaufort Galley fitted 
and brought to Charles Town, they have directed the Commissary to 
furnish the Necessary Stores for fitting said Galley agreeable to 
your Indent delivered in to the Board, but should you not be quite 
Compleat, they desire that you will proceed within Land to Charles 
Town as soon as possible, where you will be more readily Supplyed 
with such Stores as may be wanted 

I am Sir Your Most Hbl e Serv 1 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Navy Board Charles Town Augs*. 14 th 1777 i 

Capt n . Stephen Seymour 1 
Sir/ 

The State Brigg Notre Dame of which 

you are Captain having been fitted & Man'd at a very great Expence 
and having provissions and Stores put on board for a Cruize of 

three Months, the Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do 

^ 

^n the margin is the annotation : "Cap 1 Seymour ] 

Instructions j " 



90 

Embrace the first fair wind to proceed to sea with said Brigg and 
continue Cruising in such Latitude, as to you may seem most promis- 
ing of Success, for at least t^vo months, from the day that you Leave 
Winyaw Bar, during all ivhich time, You are to Take, Sink, Burn or 
Destroy any Vessels or Goods, belonging to any of the Subjects of 
the King of Great Britain Except the Vessels or goods belonging to 
the Islands of Bermuda, or New Providence, and Should you be so 
fortunate as to take any Prizes You are to be Careful to put a proper 
person on board as Prize Master with a Sufficient Number of Sea- 
men to Navigate her, with Orders to proceed into some port in this 
State, But by no means return into port with the Notre Dame during 
the time of your Cruize Unless forced by stress of weather or in 
want of some Stores or repairs that you Cannot possibly do without 
and should you want any further Supply of Provissions or Stores to 
Enable you to Continue to Cruize Two Months as directed M r . Saw- 
yer the Commissary has directions to Furnish you 

By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for amo'. of the Bill of wages & c . 
due the Ship Carpenters Employed in the State Ship Yard due the 2 d 

Ins 1 5305. i.. 8 

Adjourned to next.. Thursday Even g 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 2i st Augs t .i777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss 1 " 

Josiah Smith Tho s Savage Roger Smith Esq rs 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Begby & Manson their Acco 1 against the Comet. 874. 7.4 
Myer Moses Sundrys Supply'd the Commissary- - 112. 10 - 
Arnold Harvey wages due him from y e Notre 

Dame 26. . 5 

Edward Weyman for water Casks for the Comet . 30 
ditto. . .a Cable from the Appalachicola for ditto 200 



Continued 1243. . 2 [break] 

[Break] Treasury Continued 1243. 2 - 4- 

[Break]y bill to y e 27 th June 3 Months 6083. 2 - 

dittos pay bill to y e . 2o th Augs 1 . i M. 24 days 2275. 10 8 



9601 ..15 
adjourned to Next Saturday Evens 5 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 23 d August 1777 

Adjourned to Next Tuesday Evens 6 oClock 

Navy Board Tuesday 26 th August. 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, George Smith, Thomas Corbett, Esq rs 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Accounts in 
favour of 

Edw d Weyman for Sundrys bo*, by the Commissary 730 
Paul Pritchard for Timber for the Ship 

Yard 849 .1.3. 

ditto . . . .for work on board the Notre Dame 243. 5 - - 1092. .63. 



Will" 1 Tweed for Blocks & Screws for Ship Yard . . 350 

Jos Darling Sail Maker 

for work for the Pilot Boat Hawk . . .1.9. .17.6 

for ditto for the Brigg Defence 25. 5 45. 2.1 



James Brieken work for the Comet 108. 6.3 



2325.. 15 
Adjourned to Next Thursday Evens 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 28 th Augs 1 . 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Roger Smith, Tho s Savage, Tho s Corbett, Esq rs 

The Honbl 6 . John Edwards & Edward Darrell Esq rs elected by 
the Legislature additional members of this Board were Sworn in 
accordingly and took their Seats 

Agreed to give the Command of the Sloop Beaufort to Samuel 
Snowden 

Agreed to Give the [break] Rattle Snake to James Wood- 
house 

The following Acco* s . were Ordered to be drawn on the Treas- 
ury in fav r . of 

Edward Blake Esq r . for Several Orders paid by him viz 
Hezekiah Anthony for M r . Dupeys draft for the] 

Brigg Defence - ( 996.. 2. .6 



92 

John Gaboriel for the ship yard Advanced. 195 

George Buckle work at Ship yard 65 

Dan 1 . Oneille Rope walk advanced him 175 .15 

John Dorcheus discounted for Iron dd Ed Darrell Esq r 227 15 



1712. 12.6- 

John Edwards Esq r . freight of Tarr 382.. 10 

Capt n . John Mercier pay Bill and disbursm ts for the^ 

Sloop Beaufort to 28 th Ins* ( 541 . . 7 



2636 . . 9 . . 6 
Adjourned to Next Monday Evens 5 oClock 



Navy Board Monday I st September 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Roger Smith Edward Darrell Tho s Corbett Esq rs . . 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following sums in 
favour of 

Jonas Davies wages due him on board the Notre Dame 191 . 2 
Rob 4 Cochran his Acco'. against the Notre Dame 411. .11 



602. . 13 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 4 th September 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, Edward Darrell, Esq rs 
A Letter to M r . Elisha Sawyer 

Navy Board Septem r . 4 th 1777 
Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you will [break] 
Eagle Pilot Boat with a New Suit of Sails, (say Main Sail For 
[break] Sail & Gib) with all possible dispatch 
To Elisha Sawyer Commissary^ Edward Blake first Commiss r 
of the Naval Department (| 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Sums in 
favour of 



93 

Gabriel Capers Esq r . for Live Oak Timber for Ship 

Yard ^1370 

Sam 1 Legare for a Cable for the Brigg Defence. . . . 273. 12. 

John Hesket for pine Timber for the Ship Yard ... 60 

M c Culley Righton 2 Acco ts . for July & August . . . 342. 17 6 

Geo Morris his Acco*. for painting boats 96. 10 

John Gaborial Advanced him for the Ship Yard. 1000. 

Dan 1 ONeille advanced him for the Rope walk \ . 2000 



8090. i. . 6 
Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 8 th Sept r . 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
John Edwards, Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Tho s Corbett Esq rs : 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 

The Commissioners of the Navy request your Excellency to 
Grant Capt". Samuel Snowden Commander of the Sloop Beaufort 

belonging to this State a Commission, being now ready for Sea 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
Monday Evening 8 th Sept 1 ". 1777 

A Letter to Capt". Stephen Seymour 
Charles Town Navy Board 8 th Sept 1 ". 1777 
Capt" Stephen Seymour 

Sir The Commissioners of the Navy are 

much Surprised to hear that the Brig* . . Notre Dame of which you 
have Command is [break] Port, contrary to their Orders to you of 
the 14 th , . Ultimo They theref [break] again require that you do 
Immediately proceed to 'sea According to their said Instructions of 
the 14 th Ultimo 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to Capt n . Samuel Snowden 

Navy Board September 8 th 1777 
Capt". Samuel Snowden/ x 

Sir/ 

The Sloop Beaufort being now Loaded 

and ready for Sea, the Commissioners of the Navy direct that you 
do proceed with the utmost Dispatch from Charles Town to Cape 



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Francois, or Cape Nichola Mole in the Island of Hispaniola, which- 
soever you Can most Conveniently get into where as soon as you 
Arive you are to Deliver your Cargo Agreeable to Bill of Loading, 
(that is to say) if) at Cape Francois to Mess". D'Oraisore & C. if 
at Cape Nichola to M r . John Dupey Merch 1 . there, and take on 
board such Cargoe as Either of them may deliver you with which 
you are to proceed with all possible dispatch to Charles Town or 
some Convenient Inlet in this State we would recommend your 
supplying your self with such shot as will be Necessary for the use 
of the Vessell, and as you are furnished with a Commission, we 
would also recommend that you ship Ten Men in Hispaniola more 
than the Number you Carry from Charles Town Wishing -you a 
Successfull Voyage 

I am Sir 
Your Most Hbl e . Serv 1 . 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to Mess". D'Oraisore & C 

S, Carolina Navy Board Septem r 9 th 1777 
Mess rs D'Oraisore & C. 

Gentlemen your favour of the 6 th of May is 

now before the Board, and in answer thereto we now Inclose you 
Invoice and Bill of Loading for Sixty One whole & Thirty one half 
Barrels of Rice which you'll please receive and dispose of to the best 
Advantage for the state of South Carolina, and the N*. proceeds, 
(after paying Capt". Snowden five ^ C 1 on the amount of Sales 
and the disbursements of the Sloop) you'll please remit in good 
Taffia and should the proceeds of the Rice be insufficient to pur- 
chase a full Load we beg that you will advance as much for the 
Credit of this State as will fill her, and you may be assured of being 
reimbursed out of the Cargoe of the Schooner Rattle Snake with 
Interest, the Rattle Snake will sail in about a Month with a Cargoe 
of about Two Hundred & Twenty Barrels of Rice & a Quantity of 
Indigo or Tobacco in Order to Make payment to M r . Dupuy for his 
advance on Account of the States Brigg Defence and to purchase a 
Load of Taffia I am Sir 

To Mess rs . D'Oraisore & C ) Your Most Hbl e . SeiV. 

at Cape Francois \ Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 



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A Letter to M r John Dupuy at Cape Nichola Mole 

Charles Town S Carolina Navy Board Sept r . 9 th 1777 
M r . John Dupuy 

Sir/ 

Our last to you was the 4 th June since which 
we received your favour of 6 th June and note the Contents, we are 
sorry that the Ballance due you on Acco 4 . of the Defence has 
remained unpaid so long, Owing to the very high price of Indigo 
here, and the great Difficulty in getting freight to your place This 
serves to Inclose Invoice and Bill of Loading for sixty One whole & 
Thirty Two half Barrels of rice which you'll please receive and 
Dispose of for Acco* of the State of South Carolina, to Neat pro- 
ceeds after paying Capt n . Snowden five <p O. on the sales and the 
disbursements of the Sloop, You'll please remit in good Taffia and 
should the proceeds be insufficient to purchase a full Load, we must 
beg that you will Advance so much for the Credit of this State as 
will Compleat it, for which, as well as the old Ball ce you may be 
assured that you will be fully paid with Interest Out of the Cargoe 
of the Schooner Rattle Snake which will sail from this in about One 
Month with about Two hundred and Twenty Barrels of Rice & a 
quantity of Indico to your Address, we are hopeful that we shall in 
future be able to Lodge some Money in the Hands of our Frien 
[break] the different Islands to Answer the purpose of Supplying 
Our State Vessells with such Necessaries as they may want when 
Obliged to put into such ports 

I am Sir 

Your Most Hble Serv 1 . 

To M r . John Dupuy ] Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
Merch 4 . at the Mole ij 
<P the Sloop Beaufort Cap*. Snowden 

The following Sums were drawn on the Treasury for in favour of 
Tho s Shubrick Esq r . Hire of 6 Negroes in the Ship 

Yard 221. 12 6 

Edw d Weyman Sundrys bo*, by the Naval Commissary 1800. 2. 4 
Rich d Silence for 15 days work at States Ship Yard 40. 12 6 



paid to David Hamilton 2062 . . 7 . . 4 



Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock. 



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Navy Board Thursday n th Sept r 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
John Edwards Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs 
A Letter to the Naval Commissary 

Navy Board, September u th 1777 

Sir/ The Commissioners of the Navy Board desire that you will dis- 
pose of all Such provissions as are unfit for the Navy Edward Blake 
first Commissioner 
To Elisha Sawyer Commissary 
of the Navy Department 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums in 
favour of 
Edward Weyman for Sundrys bo 1 by Josiah Smith 

Esq r 2947. . 2. 

John Glegg Iron work for the Notre Dame 438. 5. 

David Hamilton work done to Geo Galphin Esq rs boat... 42. 10. 

Carried [break] 

[Break] ount brought f[rest undecipherable] i^^2.j . 17 

Robert Beard 2 Acco ts . for Tin work for y e State 

Vessells 133. 5 - 

Benjamin & James Wilkins for the Brigg Comet 48- 

Capt n Sam 1 Snowden wages & Disburstments on 1 

board the Sloop Beaufort and advance - ^ 594. 7. 6 

Pet r Proue Making Sails for the Comet 97 - 

Capt". Edw d Allen Sundrys for the Comet 63.. 10 



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Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 15 th . September 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Thomas Corbett, Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell, Esq rs 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board Septem r . 15^ 1777 
Sir/ 

The Inclosed Copy of a Resolution of your Excellency and the 
Privy Council was delivered to the first Commissioner this day, by 

1 Should have been a 3. 



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which no Negroes on board any of the Vessels of the State will be 
Insured, But as the Pilot Boats are not particularly Mentioned, we 
are at .a Loss to know whether or not the Negroes Employed in them 
are Included in the said Resolution, we shall therefore be Obliged to 
your Excellency to Inform the Board, whether or not they are, as 
the Commissioners have Assured some of the Owners of the Negroes 
now Employed on board the Pilot boats, that they are, and of Course 
they are bound to make good the Value of such Negroes to the 
Owners, and in case such Negroes are not Insured, the Owners will 
take them from on board, and the Boats will by that means be ren- 
dered useless Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening Six OClock 



Navy Board Thursday i8 th Sept r 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards, Josiah Smith, George Smith, ) 

Roger Smith, Edward Darrell, Thomas Corbett, ^ 

Order of the Privy Council Respecting Negroes 

In the Privy Council 3 d July 1777 

Resolved that in future the Negroes on board any Armed Vessels of 
the State will not be insured by the Public 

By his Excellency the President 
with the Advice of the Privy Council 

(Signed, 
This does not Extend to ) John Colcock 

the Pilot Boats \ Sect/. P, C 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of""' 
Cap 1 . Tho s Smith Pilot Boat Tryalls Pay bill and dis-] 

burstments to the io th Ins* 1^99 1 5 ~ 

John Nevill work on board the Floating Battery. . . 8. .17.6 
Roger M c kinzee wounded wages due him on board the 

Comet i8..i5 

George Monk for Repairing Boats 26.. 17. 6 



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Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board. Monday 22 d September 1777 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 25 th Sept r . 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . . in the Chair 

George Smith, Edward Darrell, Thomas Corbett, Esq rs . 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums in 
favour of 
The Beaufort Galley Cap*. James Dohartys pay bill 

from the 15 th April to the 22 d Sept 1 ". 1777 . . . .2230. .13. .6 
Edw d & John Blake for 6 Hh d . Rum sold y e Com- 

miss rs 343 - 



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Navy Board 25 th September 1777 
Sir/ 

Capt". Doharty being in want of a Suit of Colours for the Beau- 
fort Galley under his Command, desire youll provide such imme- 
diately 

Josiah Smith Jun r for 

To Elisha Sawyer Esq r . ) the first Commissioner 

Naval Commissary ( 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 29 th Sept r . 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Roger Smith, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following sums in 
favour of 

Capt n . James Doharty Ball ce . of his Acco 1 . for Dis- 
bursements & Bounty paid for the Beaufort 

Galley 114.. 6.. 3 

James Black for house Rent and Caulking the) 

quarter deck of the Beaufort Galley ^ 33. .10 

Jn Lewis Gervais Esq r . for a Boat bo* of him in July 600 



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Blake & Sawyer for Rice Shippd on board thej 

Sloop Beaufort Cap 1 . Sam 1 Snowden C 1123. 8. 4. 



1871.. 4.. 7 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening Six O'Clock. 



Navy Board Thursday 2 Octo: 1777- 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present. . Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett Edw d Darrell Esq. . 

A Letter to Christ 1 " Gadsden Esq r . 

Sir/ Navy Board 2 d October 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy have rec d your Letter of Yes- 
terday requiring the Assistance of some Caulkers to repair your 
Boats at Sullivants Island They beg leave to Inform you that the 
Philadelphia ship Carpenters having left them & they having but two 
Caulkers at the Ship Yard, the sending them from thence would be 
attended with great disadvantage, as they are at work on the State 
Vessels there, but if you will please to send your Boat or boats to 
Town the Commissioners will get them put in Order by some other 
means 

I am Sir your Obed* Servant 
Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to M r . Thomas Waring 

Navy Board Octob r . 2 d 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy having been Informed that 
Several Swevel Guns belonging to the Public are now on the Green 
at Dorchester, they will be much Obliged to you if you will have 
them sent to Cha s Town by the first boat you can Conveniently get 
them on board and please direct them to be delivered to M r . Elisha 
Sawyer Commissary to the Naval Department 

To Edward Blake first Commiss r 

M r . Tho s Waring in Dorchester 

Navy Board 2 d Octob 1 ". 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy, having been this day Inform'd 
that Capt n . Seymour of the States Brigg Notre Dame did not proceed 
to Sea untill the 29* Ult Notwithstanding their positive Orders to 
him of the 14 th . . Aug* & of the 8 th . . Ult. Do now Resolve that 



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Capt". Seymour merits a very severe reprimand for not obeying the 
above mentioned Orders, or for not writing to the Commissioners 
his reasons for not Complying therewith, unless he can shew on 
his return, good Cause for his Conduct 

Advertisement 

Navy Board 2 d October 1777 

Wanted for the use of the Navy of this State a Quantity of good 
Beef and Pork well Salted and in good Tight Barrels, any Person 
willing to Contract are desired to give their proposals in writing to 
Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
N. B the Commissioners of the Navy ) 

will furnish Salt if agreeable to the Contractor ^ 
The following Sums were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Will 1 " Parker for Lumber del d at the Ship Yard. . . .267 

M c Culley Righton his Acco*. for September 151. .11 

David Hamilton 100 Dollars on Acco 1 . 162. 10 



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Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 6 th October 1777 

Adjourned to Next Thursday Even* 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 9 th October 1777 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday [break] 
The Board Met According to Adjournm [break] 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss [break] 
John Edwards, Tho s Savage, Josiah Smith, Edw d . Darrell, Tho s 
Corbett [break] 

Orders to Cap 1 Pyne to Open a Rendezvous 
Cap*. James Pyne 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Immediately Open a House of Rendezvous under the direc- 
tion of a proper Officer in Order as soon as possible to Compleat the 
Number of Men for the Comet to Eighty, Officers Included 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 






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The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury viz 

Pilot Boat Eagles pay bill to the 4 th Octo r 3 mo s 385. .10 

Edw d Stiles Sundrys for the Comet 30 

Will m Trusler for Beef Supplyed the Notre Dame. . 132. 13 

ditto ditto the prize Ship Csezar 76. 5 

Arch d Brown & C. for 4834 tw Ship Bread a 8. ^ O. 386. 14. 4. 
Philip Will for Cordage for the Floating Battery 103. 10 

M c Culley Righton Coopering Pork & c . . - 128. .4.6 

Beaufort Galley for Short Allowance of Rum. . . . 219. . 5 
Dan 1 Oneille for the Rope walk as <P Rece 4 2000 



3462. . i. .10 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday i6 th Oct r 1777 
Adjourned to next Monday Even* 6 oClock 



Navy Board Sunday 19 th Oct r . 1777 
Extr a Meeting 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present. Josiah Smith Esq r . Chairman 

Edward Darrell, George Smith Esq rs 

In Consequence of a Note from his Excellency the President dated 
Yesterday & directed to Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r . of the 
Navy of South Carolina 

The following Letter was wrote to Capt n James Pyne 
Sir/ His Excellency the President having Notified Cap*. Blake (who 
is at present from Town) that a Brigg* now off the Barr, by her 
behaviour is suspected to be an Enemy's Cruizer, you are desired to 
do all you can this Night towards preparing. the Comet under your 
Command for going out to Sea Tomorrow, in quest of her and 
as a Board of the Commissioners will be called to meet early in the 
Morning you are desired to give your Attendance there by 7 
OClock to report them your forwardness 

.Yours & c . 

Saturday Night ) Josiah Smith Jun r 

1 8 th October 1777 ^ Chairman 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 2O th Oct r 1777. 
Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock. 



Navy Board Thursday 23 [break] 

The Board Met According to Adjournment. 
Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commission [break] 
Thomas Savage, Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 

Agreed to draw on the Treasury for the following Sums in 

favour of 

David Oswald wages due from the Beaufort Galley. ... 36 13. 4 

Richard Ham wages due from the Pilot boat Tryall. ... 126 

Rich' 1 Ellis a Rendezvous Acco 4 for the Comet 674. 10 - 

William Trusler Sundry Acco ts for Beef viz 

State Ship Yard ^54- i 

Brigg Comet 471. 4 

Rattle Snake 13. . 6 

Sloop Beaufort 41 . . 14 

Tryall Pilot Boat 41. .10 

Brigg Notre Dame 55. . 6 

Floating Battery 21 .. 8 

Eagle Pilot Boat 82 . . 6 

880.. 15 - 

Brigg Comets Pay Bill to the 27 th September 3061 . . 16 

Elisha Sawyer Commissary his disbursements.... 3162. n. 8 
Jacob Willaman for Beef Supply 'd the Notre Dame. . 84. 15. . 
Sam 1 . Wells for Lumber Supplyed the Ship Yard. . . . 548. .II - 



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A Letter to John Campbell Ninety Six District. 

Navy Board Cha s Town 24 th Octob 1 ' 1777 
Sir/ 

M r . Daniel ONeille having Informed the Commiss rs of the 
Navy Board that you would be willing to Contract for a Large 
Quantity of Hemp, to be delivered to said ONeille at the State Rope 
Walk, and desired to know what price the Commissioners would 
Allow I am now to Inform you that they will pay you Thirty 
pounds for Every hundred pounds weight of Clean Merchantable 
Hemp, that you may deliver to said ONeille before the First day of 
May next, The Money to be paid on the delivery of every parcel, 
Please Inform the Board by Letter as soon as possible whether or 



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not you will Contract on the above Terms, and what Quantity you 
will deliver 

I am Sir your Most Hbl e . Serv*. 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Instructions for Capt". James Pyne Commanding the Comet 

South Carolina Navy Board 24 th Octo r 1777 
Capt". Pyne Sir/ 

The Brigantine of War Cornet of which you are 
Captain, being now Compleatly fitted, and ready to proceed on a 
Cruize, having a full Compliment of Men, Stores, and provissions 
for Three Months, The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you 
do Embrace the first favourable Oppertunity to proceed to Sea, and 
Continue to Cruize for Three Months from the day you leave 
Charles Town Barr, in such Latitudes as to you may appear most 
promising of Success, During which time you are to Take, Sink, 
Burn, or Distroy, any Ships Vessells, or Goods Belonging to any of 
the Subjects of the King of Great Britain Except such Vessels or 
Goods as may belong to the Inhabitants of the Islands of Bermuda 
or New Providence, and should you be so fortunate as to take any 
Prize you must be particularly Careful to put on board a proper 
Officer as prize Master and a Sufficient number of Men to Navigate 
her, with Orders to proceed to Charles Town, or Some Convenient 
Inlet in the State of South Carolina, We particularly Recommend 
that you take the Capt". and TW T O thirds of the Crews belonging to 
any Prize (you may take) on board the Comet, and that you give 
directions for Treating your prisoners with the greatest Humanity 
and Tenderness, and that you do use your best Endeavours to Enlist 
as many Seamen for the Comet as will keep the Complement to 
Eighty and that you do Frequently cause [break] Vessels Company 
the Rules of the Navy of this State, & the Third Article of the Rule 
of Discipline and good Gove [break] and that you Endeavour all in 
your power to Promote Harmo [break] and good Order among the 
Officers and Seamen, and that you do Every Month Examine the 
Accounts of the different Warrant Officers, and when found right 
that you do sign their Accounts Agreable to the General Instructions 
received from this Board and that you do Exercise your people to 
the Cannon and Small Arms at least once every day, till they are 
perfect in the use of them, and that you do at all times keep the Ves- 
sel Clear and in Readiness to Engage, that you may not be Surprised 
by the Enemy, and that you do Cause all your officers to Ca'rry a 



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Steady and Regular Command in their different Stations, and pre- 
vent as much as possible profane Swearing 

And to prevent any Inconvenience that may arise for want of 
Credit should you be Obliged to put into any Foreign Ports, you 
have herewith a Letter of Credit from his Excellency the President, 
on the Agent of the Continental Congress, Residing at such Ports, 
.and whatever Supplies you may Receive from him for the use of the 
Comet, you are to draw Bills on the Board of the Amount, and 
advise the Commiss rs by every Oppertunity of all such Drafts, and 
of Every other Transaction worth Communicating during your 
Cruize 

I am Sir by order of the Board 
V - Your Most Hbl e . Serv 1 . 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
To Capt". James Pyne 
Commanding the Brigg 1 

of War Comet 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 27 th October 1777 

Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock. 



Navy Board Thursday 3O th October 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present. Josiah Smith Thomas Corbett ) rs 

Thomas Savage Edward Darrell^ 

Agreed that the Clerk do pay Will" 1 Morgan Carpenter of the Brigg 
Comet what wages are due to George Gould (Carpenters Mate of 
the said Brigg ) Deceased 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 3 d November 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s . Corbett, Josiah Smith Tho s Savage ] p rs _ 
George Smith Edward Darrell - ^ 

Agreed that Cap 4 . James Woodhouse do Ship as many Seamen as 

are Necessary to Navigate the Schooner Rattle Snake from this Port 



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to the West Indies, and back to Charles Town, on the best Terms he 
can, and to report to the first Commissioner, as Soon as the said men 
are Shipp'd 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in favour of John Harri- 
son for Two Months wages at the State's Ship Yard a 30 dollars <p 
Month 97. . 10 

Commissions were given to the following Persons 
To James Pyne Esq r . Capfam of the Comet 

James Young first Lieut 4 , of do 

Richard Wells Second Lieut*, of. . . .d . . 

Cha s Town South Carolina Nov r . I st 1777. 
Sir/ 

The Brig 1 . Comet, an Armed Vessell belonging to this State, 
being bound on a Cruize, if she should put into any port, within your 
Department, I request that you will furnish Capt n . Pyne, on the 
Credit of this State with whatever sum he may want, for the Out-fitt 
of his Vessell taking his Draughts, for the Amount on the Commis- 
sioners of the Navy here 

You may be Assured that due Honour will be paid to such 
Draughts, and that you shall be reemburs d as Speedily as Possible 

I am Sir 

The Agent for the Continental ] Your Obed 4 . Hbl e Serv 4 . 

Congress in any of the West \- J Rutledge 

India Islands J 

Commissions were given to the Following Persons viz 

Thomas Talbird I st Lieu* ) , , , ~ , 

of the Beaufort Galley 



James Hunly 2 d Lieu*. 

Instructions from his Excellency the president 
Sir/ Cha s Town I st Novem r . 1777 

Inclosed are the Commissions and Warrants wanted for the 
Galley under your Command with which (having Every thing 
Necessary for Service provided ) You are to repair as Soon as possi- 
ble, to Beaufort, and use your best Endeavours to defend that Port, 
and the Southern Coast and Inlets from the Enemy 

I am Sir 

Cap 4 . Doharty of ] Your Hble Serv 1 . 

the Beaufort Galley J Rutledge 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock. 



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Navy Board Thursday 6 th November 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell, Tho s Savage, Esq rs 
The Following Letter was wrote to Cap 1 . Stephen Seymour Yester- 
day by the first Commiss r and approved of this Evens 

Navy Board Nove r . 5 th 1777 
Capt". Stephen Seymour 

Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy Desire 

that the Brigg Notre Dame may be Immediately carried to the 
State's Ship Yard and Cleaned and put in Order to proceed on a 
Cruize with all possible Dispatch, they also Desire that all the 
Returns from the Different Officers be delivered to M r . John Cal- 
vert as also the pay Bill and Indents of Such Stores as may be 
wanted for a Cruize Together with the Log Book of the last Cruize 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
To Stephen Seymour Esq r 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums in 
favour of 
Nath 1 Havens purser of the Brig 1 . Comet Advanced him 

to purchase Slops for the Crew 1001 - 

Rob* Cochran for 6 Months rent of the Ship yard to] 

the 28 th October ^ *6io - 

Elisha Poinset for Medicines for the Beaufort Gallev 200 



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Agreed to Continue the Advertisements for Beef and Pork 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday io th Novem r 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Tho s Savage Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
A Letter was wrote to M r . Ant?. Bonneau by the first Commissioner 
and approved of this Evening 

Navy Board Novemb [break] 
M r . Anthony Bonneau 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy being in 
want of a Quantity of good Salted Pork and Beef in Strong 



and Tight Barrels for the use of the Navy of this State, being fearful 
that they will not be able to purchase a Sufficient Quantity at Charles 
Town, and being well assured that you will do Every thing in Your 
power for the Service of the State, they Beg that you will purchase 
for Account of the Naval Department Three Hundred Barrels of 
good Pork and Fifty Barrels of good Beef, well Cured and in 
Strong Tight Casks, or if they Cannot be purchased, ready Cured in 
Barrels, as much Pork and Beef as will make that Number of Bar- 
rels, on the most Reasonable terms you can, and Employ some 
Careful Honest Man that you can depend on to Cure and pack the 
same, for which they will allow you the usual Commissions, and will 
pay due Honour to your Draughts on them for the Amount, or if 
Necessary will advance a Sum of Money to make the purchase, 
Should you want Salt for the purpose above mentioned the Com- 
miss rs have in the Hands of Mess rs Heriot and Tucker Eighty 
Bushels which may be apply'd to that purpose and any further 
Quantity that may be wanted, they will forward by the .first Opper- 
tunity after receiveing your Order for so doing 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
Ship Yard. Dr. to the Schooner Rattle Snak for 
4 Barrs Iron w*. I5i w . delivered Benj a Worshington 

Agreed to Send to Beaufort for the use of the Naval Depart- 
ment 3 Barrels of Salt 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour 
of 

[ Break] ames Woodhouse on Acco 4 of the Rattle Snake 1000 

[Break] Savage Esq r . for 3 Months wages due him for] 

his 2 Negroes [break] and Lewis on board the>. .126 

Brigg 1 Defence 
Blake & Sawyer for io Hh ds west India Rum mo 

Gall 5 a io/ 4995 - 

M c Culley Righton his Acco 1 . for October 153.12. 6 



6274.12. 6 
The following Letter was wrote to Capt n James Doharty 

Navy Board November io th 1777 
Capt n . James Doharty 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Desire that 
you will Supply the Crew of the Beaufort Galley with the Necessary 



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provissions, on the most Reasonable Terms you can, and that you 
do purchase as much good Pork as will make when Cured Fifty 
Barrels, and as much Beef as will make when Cured Fifteen or 
Twenty Barrels, and have these well Cured and packed in Tight 
strong Barrels, or if Barrels cannot be got, in good Tight Rum 
Hh ds ., taking care to have them well washed and Burnt before the 
Beef or Pork is put into them, for payment of which Your Draughts 
on the Commissioners will be duly Honoured You'll please note 
that all Accounts against the Board must be properly Certifyed and 
Attested Mr. Calvert is Directed to send you Salt for the purpose of 
Curing such Pork or Beef as you may Purchase 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock- 



Navy Board ............ Thursday 13 th Novem r . 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Abbot-Hall, Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Tho s Corbett 
Esq rs 

A Letter was wrote to M r . Will m . Hall I st Lieu', of the Notre Dame, 
M r . Hall 

Sir/ 

Capt". Woodhouse informs the Board that there was 
taken from the Schooner Rattle Snake [break] Dame, The following 
Sails belonging to her viz Two [break] Steering Sails, and Main 
Topmast Stay sails the [break] now wanted for the use of said 
Schooner, you are hereby directed Immediately to deliver them to 
Capt". Woodhouse. 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

The follow Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Dan 1 ONeille for the Purchase of Two Negroes from] 
Jacob Valk for the use of the State Rope Walk ...... (1800 - 

State Rope Walk to Cash paid Jn. Walter Gibbes for a) 

Negroe for the use of the Said Rope Walk 725 -- 



2525 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 17 th November 1777 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 2O th Novem 1 " 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Edward Darrell Tho s Corbett Josiah Smith Esq rs . 
Agreed to draw on the Treasury in favour of Cap 4 . Isaac 
Seymour for Wages due him & Others on board Rattle 
Snake 164.10 

for ditto on board Floating Battery 179. 9.4 



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Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 24 th Novem r 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Abbot Hall, Edward Darrell, Esq rs 

[Break] following Letters dated the 22 d Inst 1 . were wrote by the 
first Commissioner And approved of this Evening 

Navy Board Charles Town S. Carolina November 22 d 1777 
Mess" DOraisore & C 

The above Copy of our Last ; Since which 

are without any of your favours This serves to Inclose Invoice & 
Bill of Loading for One Hundred & fifty four whole & Eighty half 
Barrels of Choice Rice and Three Barrels of very good Indico, which 
you'll please Receive and Dispose of for the Highest price you can 
Obtain, The Neat proceeds (after deducting for a Bill which we have 
Drawn on you in favour of M r . John Du.puy for 2Oo 6 s . g d and 
paying Capt" Woodhouse 5 <P C*. Commissions on the Amount of 
Sales) You'll please remit by the return of the Rattle Snake in good 
High Proof Taffia You'll please be particularly Careful in the 
Choice of this Cargo, and give all the Dispatch in your power, and 
not Suffer the Captain to run to any unnecessary Expence on Acco* 
of his Vessel while in your Island Should any Ballance remain in 
your hands after Loading the Vessel with Taffia You'll please remit 



no 

it in the Best Russia or French Sail Duck You'll also please for- 
ward the Inclosed to M r John Dupuy 

I am with Respect 

Your Most Hbl e . Serv 1 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
S Carolina Navy Board November 22 d 1777 
Capt". James Woodhouse 
Sir/ 

The Schooner Rattle Snake of which 

you have the Command being- Loaded and Compleatly fitted having 
Provissions and Stores Sufficient for her Voyage and her full Com- 
plement of Men now on board, the Commissioners of the Navy 
desire that you will Embrace the first fair wind to proceed from 
Charles Town to Cape Francois in Hispaniola, where on your Arival 
you are to Deliver the Cargoe (now on board) Agreeable to Bill of 
Loading to Mess rs . DOraisore & C. Merchants there and take on 
board the Rattle Snake such Cargoe as they shall think proper to 
Ship in Return with which you are to proceed with all possible Dis- 
patch to Charles Town or the first Convenient Inlet in the State of 
South Carolina during your passages out and Home you are to avoid 
as much as possible speaking with any Vessel, and to be as frugal as 
possible in the expences of your own Vessel while in Hispaniola 
As an incouragement to you, for your particular Care and Attention 
to the Interest of the State during the present Voyage, the Commis- 
sioners have Directed Mess rs . DOraisore & C. to pay you a Commis- 
sion of 5 3$ O. on the Sales of the Cargoe in Hispaniola, you have 
also their Liberty to Ship as many Men in Hispaniola as will make 
your Compliment Fifteen, provided they will Engage under Articles 
to Serve on board the Rattle Snake or any Other State Vessel for 
Six Months at the Rate of Twenty One pounds Carolina Currency 
^ Month 

I am Sir y r . Most Hbl e . Serv 1 . 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of Dan 1 ONeille for 
the use of the State Rope Walk for . . 2500 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Thursday 27 th Novem r . 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith. Geo Abbot Hall ) , 

> ll,SQ rs 

Geo Smith. Edward Darrell ( 

The following Letter and Bill of Exchange were presented to Each 
Member Individually and approved of at this Meeting Collectively 

Navy Board South Carolina Novem r . 22 d 1777 
M r John Dupuv 

'Sir/ 

Your Favour of 28 th Ultim . Covering Acco 1 . 
Sales of four Casks of Indigo and Account Current duly came to 
hand and now before the Board, for which the Commissioners are 
much obliged to You 

Inclosed You'll receive a Bill of Exchange Drawn on Mess rs D'Orai- 
sore & C Merch ts in Cape Francois for the Ballance due you from 
the State of South Carolina, which we make no doubt will meet due 
Honour, Your Draft on M r . Eveliegh will be paid as Soon as pre- 
sented, and due Notice will be taken of your recommendation of M r . 
Guerrard 

I am Sir your Most Hbl e Serv*. 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Bill of Exchange 

Exchange for 2oo. .6 s . -9 drs South Carolina Novem r 22 d 1777 
Ten Days after Sight of this my first of Exchange pay 
to the Order of M r . John Dupuy Two Hundred Livers Six Sous and 
Nine Deeniers Value received and Charge the same to Acco 1 . as <P 
Advice from 
To Mess rs DOrasiore & C ) 

A \J O.VJL^*JO i-^V_/l CL-OIXJM. V- VX \*^ I -r-^ , , T-fct I f* , ^"^ 

,.,.. . v Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Merch ts in Cape rrancois I 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 o'clock 



Navy Board Monday I st . December 1777 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oCclock 



Navy Board . . Thursday 4 th December 1777 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 8 th December 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Tho s Corbett. Geo. Abbot Hall Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 8 th Decem r . 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to Inform your Excel- 
lency, that the State Brig 1 . . Notre Dame is clean & will soon be 
ready for Sea, And Lieutenant William Hall having Informed this 
Board, that Capt". Stephen Seymour has left the said Brig, & quitted 
the State, whereby there is a Vacancy for a Captain in the Naval 
Department, They therefore According to the Authority vested in 
them by Act of the Gen 1 . Assembly of this State, Do, Recommend to 
your Excellency Lieutenant William Hall, as a fit and proper Person 
to fill the said Vacancy as Commander of the Brig Notre Dame 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r . 
A Letter to Elisha Sawyer Commissary 

Navy Board 8 th December 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that the Sails belonging 
to the Two Pilot Boats, and all such Beef as is in your possession not 
fit for the use of the Navy be disposed of as soon as possible after 
Advertizing the Same 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To Elisha Sawyer Esq r . Commissary ^ 
of the Naval Department ^ 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of M rs . Lester for 
21 days hire of her Negroe Clomell on board the 

Floating Battery a 20 / ^ day 21 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope Walk 3000 - 



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Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday n th Decem r 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, Esq rs 

A Letter to M r Anthony Bonneau was wrote by the I st Commissioner 
& approved of viz 1 



H3 

Charles Town io th Decew r . . 7777. 
Sir/ 

Your Letter <$} M r M c Daniel never came to hand the One of the 
8 th "& M r Nott I Just Received the Contents of which have Commu- 
nicated to the Commissioners who are of Opinion that the price Men- 
tioned will not by any Means do They would be willing to give as 
high as Forty pounds ^ Barrel for good Pork, well Cured and in 
Strong Tight Casks, the Seller to find or pay for the Salt, and for 
good Beef Thirty pounds <{$ Barrel 

I am 

Sir your Most Hbl e Serv' 
Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
N. B Rather than be disappointed ] 

the Commiss rs will find half a Bushel 
of Salt to every Barrel if it Cannot be Obtained 
on Better Terms . 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Cap* James Doharty to purchase provissions for j 
the Naval Department as <j$ Rece*. ..... .^ 1001 - 

Blakes & Sawyer for Rice & Indico 7871. 5 ,,6 

Brig Notre Dames pay Bill to 2O th Sept 1 " 6323.4.2 

Additional Bill for 13 Men to 20 Nov r .... 632.5 6955. 9. 2. 



15827. . 14. .8 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Extra Meeting Navy Board Saturday 13 th Decem r 1777 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present Edward "Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards, Thomas Corbett Geo Smith| rs 
Geo A Hall Josiah Smith Edward Darrell ^ 
A Letter to the [undecipherable] from the Clerk of The 
Council Vizt. . 

Charles Town Decem r 12 th 1777 
Sir/ 

I am directed by his Excellency the President, to ad [break] the 
Navy Board, that Lieu 1 Hall is appointed to the Command of the 
Brigg Notre Dame, That the Ships Volunteer, & Gen 1 MouUr;V are 
Engaged for, and it is intended to Order the Notre Dame on a 
Cruize The President therefore desires, that you will have those 

S. H. C. 



H4 

Vessels equipp'd with the utmost Expedition, & furnished with such 
Articles as may be necessary for this Cruize, and that you will 
appoint a proper Person to value the Volunteer, and Gen 1 Moultrie, 

I am Sir y r very hb' e . Serv 1 . . 

(signd) Jn Colcock 
Cap 1 . Blake 

In the Privy Council Friday Dec r . 12 th 1777 
The Board agreed and Recommended that a Bounty of Ten Dollars 
& a pay of Twenty One pounds ^ Month ^ Man be allowed to 
Such Seamen as Enter on Board the Vessels engaged for a Cruise 
against the Enemy. 

By his Excellency the Presid*. ordered Accordingly 

(Signed) Jn Colcock Sec^. P*. O 

Agreed that the first Commissioner do apply to M r William Som- 
mersall on behalf of the State as a proper Person to Value the Ships 
Volunteer and Ship General Moultrie taken by the President & 
Council into the States Service and in Case M r . Sommersalls Refusal 
to Act To apply to some Ot [break] for that Purpose 
A Letter to Capt n . William Hall- 
Navy Board 13 th Decem 1 ". 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct 'that you will have the 
Brig 1 Notre Dame of which you are appointed Capt". fitted and 
Man'd with all possible Dispatch, to proceed on a Cruize, and that 
you do Immediately Open a House of Rendezvous, under the direc- 
tion of a proper Officer, to Enlist a Sufficient Number of Men (your 
Complement Eighty;) they make no doubt but you will Exert your- 
self in a very particular Manner on this Occasion, as the Service of 
the State requires the greatest Dispatch; the State Allows an Addi- 
tional Bounty of Ten Dollars ^ Man to such as will Enlist 

I am Sir 

Your Hbl e . Serv 4 . 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to Elisha Sawyer Esq r . 

Sir/ Navy Board Decem r . 13 th 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you do furnish the 
Brig Notre Dame, the Ships General Moultrie, & Volunteer, with all 
such Stores & Provissions as may be wanted for a Cruize I am Sir 
To Elisha Sawyer Esq r . ] Your Hble Serv 1 

Commissary for the Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Naval Department 



A Note to the Owners of the Ships General Moultrie and 
Volunteer 

The Commissioners of the Navy Present their Compliments 
to the Gentlemen, Owners of the Ships Volunteer and General Moul- 
trie, and will be much Obliged to them to appoint a person to Value 
said Ships, and fix the time when it will be agreeable to have it done ; 
if it can be done this day it will be best. 
Saturday 13 th Decem r 1777 

Adjourned to next Monday 10 oClock 



Navy Board . . Monday 15 th December 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards, Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Tho s Corbett, 
Geo A. Hall Esq rs 

M r . William Somarsall having been Applied to On behalf of the 
State to Value the Ships Volunteer & General Moultrie, made the 

following Report 

A Valuation of the Ship Volunteer 

We the Subscribers to whom the Valuation of the Ship Volun- 
teer has been referred, report. 

That as She now lies in the Harbour with her Guns & Stores 
on board She is worth Fifty five Thousand pounds Curr cy 

Signed 

55,ooo Will m . Somersall 

John Daw son 
Cha s Town 15 th December 1777 

A Valuation of the Ship General Moultrie 

We the Subscribers to whom the Valuation of the Ship Gen- 
eral Moultrie has been referred, report 

That as she now lies in the Harbour with her Guns & Stores 
when on board will be worth Sixty five Thousand pounds Current 
Money of this State 



Signed 

Cha s Town S. Carolina William Somersall 

15 th December 1777 Edward North. . 

The Commissioners of the Navy present their Compliments to 



M r Dorsius, & will be Obliged to him, to Inform the Board, what 
Quantity of Provissions he has provided for the Ship General Moul- 
trie (not already on board) and if it will be agreeable to him to Lend 
it to the State, the Commissioners returning him the like Quantity 
Navy Board 15 th Decem r . 1777 

A Letter to Capt". Sullivan 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy will be obliged to you to Inform 
them by a Line as Early as possible, what Time the Ship Volunteer 
can be ready to proceed to Sea on a Cruise, and what Stores and 
Provissions will be wanted from the public to Compleat her for a 
Cruise of Two Months I am Sir 

Your Hbl e . Serv*. 

To Capt". Sullivan 1 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

of the Ship Volunteer C 

Copy of the Above Letter was wrote to Capt". Johnston of 
the Ship General Moultrie 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Geo Abb 1 . Hall Esq r . for 50 Barr !s Tarr 30 Bb ls Turpen- 
tine & an Express 1146 10 
John Calvert 1000 Dollars for Bounty for the Notre 

Dame 1625 



2771 TO 

A Letter to Elisha Sawyer [break] 

Navy Board 15 th Decem r 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do [break] the 
Ship Bread you can for the use of the [break] Exceeding Eight 
Thousand pounds weight on the most reasonable terms, to be deliv- 
ered within Ten days 

To Elisha Sawyer 1 I am Sir 

Commissary for the }> Your Hbl e Serv 1 . 

Naval Department Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 ". 

Adjourned to this Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday Evens ^th December 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Thomas Corbett, Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 
Orders to Capt" Philip Sullivan 

Sir/ Navy Board 15 th Decemb r . 1777 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct, that you will have the 
Ship Volunteer, under your Command, fitted and Manned with all 
possible Dispatch, to proceed on a Cruise, & that you do Immediately 
Open a House of Rendezvous, under the Direction of a proper 
Officer, to Enlist One Hundred & Twenty Men, They make no doubt 
you will Exert yourself, in a very particular Manner on this Acca- 
sion, as the Service of the State requires the greatest Dispatch ; The 
State Allows a Bounty of Ten Dollars ^ Man, to such as will Enlist. 

I am Sir 

Your Hbl e Serv 1 . 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Sent a Similar Letter to Captain Johnston of The General Moultrie 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 
Sir/ Navy Board 15 th Decem 1 ". 1777 

Agreeable to the Order delivered to the Board of 12 th Ins* the 
Commissioners gave the Necessary Directions to Capt ns William 
Hall of the Notre Dame, Philip Sullivan of the Volunteer & Jacob 
Johnston of the Gen 1 Moultrie, to get their Several Vessels fitted & 
Manned with all possible Dispatch to proceed on a Cruise, and to the 
Commissary for the Naval Department, to furnish such Stores as may 
be wanted to Equip said Vessels, The Commiss rs beg leave to recom- 
mend to your Excellency to furnish Capt ns . Sullivan and Johnston 
with Commissions (as Early as possible) as they may not think them- 
selves under the Directions of the Commissioners 'till furnished with 
their Commissions 

I am your Excellencys 

Most Hbl e . Serv' 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



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Extra Meeting Navy Board Wednesday 17 [break] 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commission [break] 

Geo A Hall, Geo Smith. Josiah Smith )Esq rs 
Thomas Corbett, Edward Darrell, ^ 

A Letter to Elisha Sawyer Esq r . 

Navy Board Decem 1 ". 17 th .. 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy being Informed that M r . Poaug 
has a quantity of Pig Iron for Sale, they desire that you will purchase 
the Same for the use of the Naval Department on the best Terms 
you can Edward Blake first Commiss r 

To Elisha Sawyer Esq r . Commissary 
for the Naval Department 

In the Prevy Council Wednesday 17 th Dec 1 " 1777. 
Resolved that the Embargo in the port of Charles Town be Con- 
tinued until the Marine Expedition now fitting Out by the State be 
Ended, and the Cruise finished Ordered that a Copy of this Resolve 
be served on the Navy Board that it may be made known 

Signed Jn Colcock Sec?. P*. O. 

A Letter from the Charles Town Insurance Company 
Gentlemen/ 

The Charles Town Insurance Company at an Extraordi- 
nary Meeting held this day, having agreed to give a Bounty of Ten 
dollars <j$ Man for Three Hundred able Seamen that shall Enter, in 
the Service of this State, and directed me to Acquaint you there- 
with I Inclose the said Resolution and have the honour to be 

Gentlemen 

Your Hble Serv 1 . 

Decem r . 15 th 1777 (Signed) John Lewis Gervais Vice presid 1 . 

Resolution of the Charles Town Insurance Company 

Charles Town Insurance Company Decem r 15 th 1777 
Resolved That Ten Dollars Bounty be given ^ Man for the Encour- 
agement of Three Hundred able Seamen to Enter on Board such 
Vessels as may be now fitting out by this State against the Enemy 
Also that the President of this Company (or in his absence the vice 
President) do Inform the Navy Board of this Grant, and Acquaint 
them upon their sending the parties with Certificates, of their having 
Entered into the above Service, to the Treasurer of this Cqmpany, 
such parties will receive the above Bounty The above is a True 



n 9 

Copy from the Minutes (Signed) John M c Call Jun r Clerk 

A Letter to Thomas Smith Founder 

Navy Board 17 th Decem r . 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do with all 
possible dispatch furnish the Board with One Hundred Cross barr 
Six pound Shott Two Hundred Cross barr Four pound Shott and 
One Hundred Cross barr Three pound Shott, and whatever Assist- 
ance you may want (of hands) you are to hire on the best Terms 
you can and they will pay the Expence 

Bar Iron and Coals will be sent from the Arsenal on Your Apply- 
ing to M r . John Calvert By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake I st Commisf r . 
Adjourned to Friday 10 O' Clock. 



Navy Board Friday 19 [break] 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair 

Tho s Corbett, John Edwards, Roger Smith, Geo A Hall, Edw d Dar- 
rell [break] 

A Letter from the President & Prevy Council to the I st Corn- 
miss [break] 

Charles Town December 17 th 1777 
Sir/ 

I am directed to Inform the Navy Board, that it was this day 
resolved by his Excellency the president with the advice of the privy 
Council that Congress Letters of Marque be given to such persons 
as shall Command the Several Vessels engaged for the Intended 
naval Expedition, and that the Fair American, & Polly, Briggs, be 
also Engaged in the Service on the Same Terms as the Others 

I am Sir 

Your very hbl e Serv* 
(Signed) Jn Colcock Sec^. P*. O. . 

Navy Board December 17 th 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you will with all 
possible Dispatch have the Brigg: Polly of which you are Cap 1 , 
fitted and Maned to proceed on a Cruise, and whatever Stores or Pro- 
vissions may be wanted, you are to deliver an Indent to the Commis- 
sary for the Naval Department, who is directed to Supply them, 



I2O 

And in Order that no delay may happen for want of Assistance, you 
are directed to hire a Sufficient Number of Negroes to fill your Water 
and Cut your wood & c . while the Seamen are Employed about your 
Rigging, Guns, & c . : they make no doubt but you will Exert your- 
self in a very particular Manner on this Occasion as the Service of 
the State requires the greatest Dispatch You are Likewise desired 
Immediately to Open a house of Rendezvous under the Direction of a 
Proper Officer to Enlist a Sufficient number of Men to make your 
Compliment Ninety The State will Allow a Bounty of Ten Dollars 
^P Man to such as will Enlist 

By Order of the Board 
To John Calvert Clerk 

Capt" Hezekiah Anthony ) 

Commanding the Brigg Polly ( 

A Letter to M r . David Hamilton 

Navy Board i8 th Decem 1 ". 1777 
[Break] Hamilton Sir/ 

You are to bring to Town as Early as possi- 
ble in the Morning Two or Three of the best Carpenters belonging 
to the Yard to put the Brigg Polly in proper Order to proceed on a 
Cruise, you are to have done such Necessary work as Capt n Anthony 

may Direct by Order of the Board 

John Calvert Clerk 
Adjourned to Tomorrow 10 oClock in the forenoon 



Navy Board Saturday 2O th Decem 1 " 1777 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair 

Tho s Corbett, Geo Abb 1 . Hall, Edward Darrell, Jn Edwards Esq rs 
A Letter from^the Secretary of the Privy Council to the I st 
Commiss r . 

Sir/ Charles Town December 2O th 1777 

His Excel cy . the President with the advice of the Prevy Councel 
having approved of the Terms offered by the Owners of the Ships 
Gen 1 Moultrie & Volunteer, I am directed to Inform you what 
those Terms are & also of several other Resolutions this day entered 
into, with regard to the Vessels engaged for the intended Expedi- 
tion 

The terms proposed by the Owners of the Ships Gen 1 Moultrie & 
Volunteer and agreed to Are that they be valued that the Owners 



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will equip them for a Cruise in the Public Service as long as may be 
deemed necessary, the Public paying the running expence of the Ship 
and such loss or damage as they may Sustain whilst in this Service 
the Public to Compleat the necessary number of Men to Man them 

It is Resolved that the Fair American be taken into the Public 
Service, that the Owners be allowed the same Terms as the other 
Vessels, and that if the Owners refuse to appoint an Appraiser the 
Commissioners of the Navy do appoint both, who may (if they dif- 
fer) chuse a Third That the Commissioners of the Navy be 
Empowered to Offer 30 Dollars Bounty in which is meant to be 
Included the Bounty offered, and to be offered by private persons & 
the Insurance Company & that the [break of half a line] 

I am also to Inform you that the Owners of [break] agreed to 
let her to the Public on the same Terms as the others. 

I am Sir y r . Hbl e Ser [break] 
(Signed) Jn. Colcock Sec r y. P*. [break] 

A Letter to M r James Cook Carpenter 

Navy Board Saturday 2O th Decem r 1777 
Sir/ 

You are desired from the Commissioners of the Navy to set a 
Number of hands (as Joiners) to work on board the Brigg Polly in 
order to have her compleated for a Cruise, under the direction of 
M r . David Hamilton or Capt n Hezekiah Anthony You will please to 
Supply them with what Boards they may want on the Occasion, for 
which & the work, you will be paid by this Board 

By Order of the Board 
John Calvert Cl k 

A Letter to the Owners of the Brigg Fair American 
Gentlemen Navy Board 2O th Decem r . 1777 

Your proposals relative to the Brigg Fair American this 
Board sent to the President & prevy Council from whom they have 
received a Letter with the following Resolution It is Resolved the 
Fair American be taken into the Public Service, that the Owners be 
Allowed the same Terms as the Volunteer & Gen 1 Moultrie, and that 
if the Owners refuse to appoint an Appraiser, the Commissioners of 
the Navy do appoint both, who may (if they differ) Chuse a Third 

The Terms of the Gen 1 Moultrie & Volunteer are That they be 
Valued that the Owners will equip them for a Cruise, in the Pub- 
lic Service as long as may be deemed Necessary, the Public paying 
the running Expence of the Sh [break] and such loss or Damage as 
they may Sustain whilst in this Service, The Public to Compleat the 



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Necessary Number of Men to Man them Your answer is desired who 
you will Chuse to appoint as an appraiser to Meet M r . Nathaniel 
Russell or whether you decline Appointing Signed 
By order of the Board Josiah Smith Jun r . . 

Chairman 

The following hand Bill was Ordered to be given to M r . 
Timothy & One Hundred Copies directed to be printed Imme- 
diately 

Gentlemen Volunteers 

Who are willing to Enter on Board the following Vessels in the 
Service of this State now fitting out upon an Expedition against the 
Enemies of America, Shall be Entitled to a Bounty of Thirty Dollars 
^ Man, and such as are Inclined to serve the State for Six Months, 
Ten pounds more and Twenty One pounds <$ Month wages upon 
applying to the Officers at the Rendezvous 

Ship Volunteer of 20 Guns 
Ship Gen 1 Moultrie of 20 Guns 
Brigg Notre Dame of 16 Guns 
Brigg Fair American 16 Guns 

Brigg Polly 14 Guns 

By Order of the Board 
John Calvert Cl k 

the following Order was given on the Arsenell by the Clerk 
M r . Sarjant 

Youll deliver Capt". Jacob Johnson or Order Six Chains, 
such as he may want for the use of the Ship Gen 1 Moultrie By 
order of the Board John Calvert 
Saturday 2O th Decem r . 1777 Clerk- 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 22 Dec r . . 

Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the ChazV 

Geo Abb 1 . Hall, Tho s Corbett, Edward Darrel/ Esq". . 
Ordered that the Clerk do apply to the Owners of the Vessels 
employed in the Service of the State on the Intended Expedition for 
an Inventory of Stores and Provissions now on board each Vessel 
A Letter to M r . John Stevenson- 
Navy Board 22 d Decem 1 ". 1777 
Sir/ 

You are desired to provide a Schooner to fetch water from 



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Hobcaw for the use of the Vessels now fitting Out in the States Ser- 
vice 

By Order of the Board- 
John Calvert Clerk. 
A Letter from M r . Dan 1 Bourdeaux to the I st Commiss r . 

Charles Town December 22 d 1777 
Sir/ 

In Answer to your Letter of the 2O th Ins*, addressed to the 
Owners of the Brigg Fair American, I have to inform you, that M r . 
Samuel Legare, is appointed an appraiser in behalf of the Owners of 
the Said Brigg 

I am Sir 

Your most Ob 1 . Serv*. 
(Signed) Dan 1 Bourdeaux 

The Owners of the Brigg Polly have agreed that M r Samuel Legare 
do also Act for them as an Appraiser 

Instructions to Capt" Charles Morgan 

Navy Board 22 d Decem r . 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you will with all 
possible Dispatch, have the Brigg Fair American of which you are 
Capt n . fitted and Mann'd to proceed on a Cruise & whatever Stores & 
Provissions may be wanted. You are to deliver an Jndent [break] the 
Commissary for the Naval Department, who is directed to Supply 
them, and in Order that no delay may happen for want of Assistance, 
You are directed to hire a Sufficient Number of Negroes, to fill your 
Water & cut your wood & c , while the Seamen are employed about 
your rigging Guns & c , They make no doubt but you will Exert 
your self in a very particular Manner on this Occasion, as the Ser- 
vice of the State requires the greatest Dispatch You are Likewise 
desired Immediately to Open a House of Rendezvous under the 
direction of a proper Officer to Enlist a Sufficient Number of Men to 
make your Complement Eighty, The State will allow a Bounty of 
Thirty Dollars ^ Man to such as will Enlist 

By Order of the Board 
Josiah Smith Jun r 
Chairman 



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Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following sums 

Tho 8 Screven for Lumber Supplyed the Ship Yard 125. 15, 

John Calvert for Bounty Money 5000 Dollars 8125 



8250.15- 
adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock- 



Navy Board Thursday 25 th DeceirT. 1777 
The Board Met according to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Tho s Corbett | Esq rs 

John Edwards Geo Abbot Hall ^ 

Ordered that the Clerk do Summons Capt ns . Hall, Johnson, Anthony, 
& Morgan, to Attend this Board at 10 oClock Tomorrow forenoon 
A Letter was received from the Honbl e . W m Henry Drayton 
Esq r . Directed to Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner of the 
Navy Charles Town dated 24 th Ins 1 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury for Amo 1 . of the Notre 
Dames Pay Bill to 2O th 'Ins t . for 4077.3.2 

Adjourned to Tomorrow 1 Forenoon 10 O 'Clock. 



Navy Board Friday 26 Decein: 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Geo Abb*. Hall, John Edwards, Edw d Darrell, Tho s Corbett, Josiah 
Smith Esq: 

Capt ns . Hall, Johnson, Anthony, & Morgan, attended the Board 
According to Summons 

M r John Dorsius being sent for by the Board Attended Accord- 
ingly and agreed that the Commissioners should give such Orders as 
they thought proper to Capt". Johnson with respect to the Cargoe on 
board the Ship Gen 1 Moultrie 

A Resolve of Congress of the 2O th Novem r . 1775 (and given to 
Each Capt n .) Respecting the Provission made for such persons, or 
their Families as may be Killed or Maimed in the Sea or Land Ser- 
vice of this State 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 29 th Decem 1 ". 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Thomas Corbett Esq rs 

A Letter to Cap 1 . Thomas Grimball 

Navy Board. Decem 1 ". 27 th 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy being in want of a Number of 
Cartridges for the Different Vessels now fitting Out on a Cruise, 
they will be much Obliged to you if you will Engage some of the 
Artillery Company under your Command to make and fill with 
powder Eight Hundred Six pound, Twelve Hundred four pound, & 
Two Hundred Three pound Cartridges for which the Commissioners 
will pay them whatever you may think reasonable ; they would not 
by any means have Troubled you on this Matter, but that the Service 
of the State require.? the greatest Dispatch, and that they are well 
Assured that you will do Everything in your power to promote it 
I am Sir Your Most Hbl e Serv 1 Edw d Blake [break] 
A Letter to M r John Stevenson 

Navy Board Decem r . 27 th 1777 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire that you will furnish a 
Schooner and hand, to take Ballast from on board a Ship at Prioleaus 
wharff and Order it to be delivered on board the Brigg Polly at 
Mottes wharf, pray have it done with all possible Dispatch, as the 

Service of the State particnlary requires it 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

An Order was Drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 1000 

Ordered that the Clerk do pay David Wilsons acco 1 of] 

hawling timber for the public Ship Yard ( 12 

James Snead for Turning Priming horns 120 



1132 

A Letter to M r Anthony Bonneau with a Copy of that of the 
io th Ins*- 

Navy Board Decem 1 ". 29 th 1777 
Sir 

The above is Copy of our last this only serves to Inform you 
that the Board is much in want of Salted provissions for the use of 
the Naval Department, and Desire that you will Endeavour all in 



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your power to procure a Quantity not Exceeding Three Hundred 
Barrels of Pork and Fifty Barrels of Beef, on the best Terms you 
Can, & your Draughts on the Board for the Amount shall be duly 
Honoured 

By Order of the Board 
To M r . Anthony Bonneau 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 3O th Decem 1 ". 1777 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Corbett Geo Abb 4 Hall Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs 
An Order was Drawn on the Treasury in favour of the] 

Clerk for Five Thousand Dollars for the use of thel8i25 

Navy fitting out I 

adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 31 Decem: /7/y. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commiss r . 

John Edwards, Josiah Smith, Geo A. Hall, Esq rs : 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday I st January i//8. 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4.oClock- 



Navy Board Friday 2 d January 1778. 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock- 



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Navy Board Saturday 3 d January 1778. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Abb*. Hall, Thomas Corbett. Josiah Smith Esq rs 
The following Letters were wrote by the first Commissioner Yester- 
day and Approved of this Evening by the Board 

A Letter to M r William Cook at the Round O 

Navy Board January 2 d 1778 
Sir/ 

In Answer to your Letter of 23 d Ultimo respecting your fur- 
nishing the Board with a Number of good fat Hogs the Commis- 
sioners will agree to take any Number you will deliver them in all 
this Month, and pay you four Shillings P Pound you'll please 
Observe, they will receive none but what are fatt and fit to Salt for 
the use of the Navy By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to M r . Samuel Wells at Cainhoy 

Navy Board Cha s Town 2 d January 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy have received yours, Acquaint- 
ing them that M r . David Hamilton has spoke to you about some 
boards, & plank, for the use of the State Ship Yard & desiring to 
know whether you may Supply it or not. The Commissioners desire 
that you will Supply the said Boards & Flank, in the quantities you 
Mention The prices of the several kinds are Mentioned under- 
neath 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r . 
Sheathing, a 7O/ 

2 Inch plank a 7.10 
2]/ 2 In. ditto 8.15. 

3 In. . ditto 10 

4 In. . ditto 12.10 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of Cap*. Thomas 
Smith for Amo 1 . of the Pilot boat Trialls pay Bill and Disbursements 

to the 2 d December Last 247.. 12. 6 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 5 th January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Ab*. Hall, Edward Darrell, Esq rs 

M r . James Wakefield was desired to Attend the Board and did 
Attend Accordingly The Commissioners Agreed with him that M r . 
William Sommersall should put a Valuation on an Iron Cabouse 
belonging to him for the use of the Brigg Polly 

An Order to M r . M c Cully Righton 
M r . Righton 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that you send 
a boat to Hobcaw Tomorrow Morning to bring down what pig Iron 
may be at Mess rs . Bagby & Mansons wharf 
Navy Board 5 th January 1778 By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Ordered that M r . Sawyer be directed to give such Receipts to 
the Commissary Gen 1 , as he has required 

Also to purchase a Quantity of Junk That he do Supply the 
Notre Dame with Bread for Six weeks, at the rate of Five pounds c{$ 
Man <P week, and make up the deficiency ztrith Pease & Rice 
M r Somersall was desired to appraise a Cabouse on board a Ship at 
Gibbes' wharf 

A Note to Mess rs . Bourdeaux & Atkinson 

The Commissioners of the Navy present their Compli- 
ments to Mess rs . Bourdeaux & Atkinson and will be much Obliged to 
them for the Loan of as many water Casks as they can possibly Spare 
out of the Bellona and her prize as a sufficient Number for the pres- 
ent Expedition Cannot possibly be purchased in Charles Town 
Navy board 5 th Janur^ 1778 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of M c Cully 
Righton for his 2 Acco ts . for Novem r & Decem r . 296. 12 6 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 

Navy Board Tuesday 6 th January 1778 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Ab 1 . Hall, Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Esq rs 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

The Commissioners of the Navy desire to Acquaint the 
President that the Commissary of Stores has informed them, that 
upon application to the Ordnance Keeper for 4 lb Shott out of the 



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Arsenal for the Naval Expedition now fitting out, he refused to 
deliver them without an Order from the Continental Agent ; They 
will therefore he glad that an Order may be procured for 1500 shot 
the Quantity wanting By Order of the Board 

Navy Board 6 th Janr* 1778 Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Order'd That Elisha Sawyer Esq r Commissary do purchase a 
Quantity of Nails, Carpenters, & Coopers Tools for the use of the 
Naval Department 
i. An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r [break]] 

am 1 Maverick for wages due him on board the ^242. 13.4. 

Brigg Defence for I 

Ordered that the Clerk do pay such of the workmen at the State 
Ship Yard as may want their wages 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 7 th January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo. Abb 1 Hall Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell 
Tho s Savage Jn Edwards Tho s Corbett Esq rs 
A Letter from Secr y of The Prevy Council 

January 7 th 1778 
Sir/ 

By order of his Excellency the president, I am to inform you, 
that Cap*. Biddle has resigned the Command of the Ship Gen 1 Moul- 
trie, and that it is his direction with the advice of the prevy Council, 
the Commissioners of the Navy do appoint a proper person, to Suc- 
ceed to the Command of her 

I am Gen 1 . 

Y r . Hbl e . Serv'. 

Edw d Blake Esq r . first ) (Signed) Jn Colcock. Sec*. P* O 

Commiss 1 ". of the Navy Board \ 

A Valuation of 4 Carriage guns 4 pounders Borrowed by this 
State from Mess 1 " 5 Mey & Cripps and put on board the Brigg Polly 
Commanded by Cap 1 . Anthony, being refer'd to us We do therefore 
appraise the Same at Seven Hundred pounds the Pair Given under 
our Hand, at Charles Town this 7 th January 1778 

( Will m Logan 
(Signed) 



9. H. C. 



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A Valuation of a Cabouse 

It being Refer'd me to Value a Cabouse on board of the Brigg 
Polly Commanded by Cap 1 . Anthony I Appraise the same at One 
Hundred pounds Current Money of this State 
Charles Town Janr^. 7 th . 1778 (signd) W m Somarsall 

Adjourned to tomorrozv, 10 O'Clock. 



Navy Board Thursday 8 th Jan* 7777. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Jn, Edwards, Edw d Darrell} ^ rs 

Geo Ab*. Hall, Tho s Savage Tho s Corbett \ 

Capt n Sullivan attended the Board and reported he had been on 
board the Ship Gen 1 Moultrie & found the said Ship to be in his 
Opinion a Much fitter Vessel for the present Intended Expedition 
then the Ship Volunteer And also thought she may be got ready 
for Sea Sooner than the Volunteer 

Adjourned to 4 oClock this afternoon 



Navy Board Thursday afternoon 8 th January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell,} 
Tho 5 Savage, Geo Ab*. Hall, John Edwards,^ 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 8 th January 1778 
Sir/ 

This Board Yesterday Evening received a Letter from the Sec- 
retary of the prevy Council by your Excellencys Order informing 
them that Capt" Biddle had resigned the Command of the Ship Gen 1 
Moultrie & desiring they would appoint a proper person to Com- 
mand her They beg Leave to acquaint your Excellency that upon 
enquiry of the Different Captains of the Vessels going upon the 
intended Expedition it appears to them impracticable that Men can 
be Obtained sufficient to Compleat the Complement for the Three 
Briggs & the Two Ships, they have therefore applied to Capt" Sulli- 
van to take the Command of the Ship Gen 1 Moultrie with his Officers 
& Men, which he has agreed to do They therefore recommend that 



the Ship Volunteer may be discharged from the Service, That Capt n 
Sullivan be appointed to the Command of & his Officers & Men 
turned over to the Ship Gen 1 Moultrie By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first C [break] 

The Commissary of the Naval Department having informed [break] 
irst Commissioner that he could not possibly get a Waggon to 
[break] rry Powder to Broughtons Battery, tho frequently applied 
for the following Letter was wrote 

Navy Board January 8 th 1778 
Sir/ 

The Vessels are in want of their powder to take on board this 
Evening or in the Morning, the Commissary has Informed the board 
he Cannot possibly get a Waggon to Carry it to Wilkins's fort 
(unless it can be done they will be under the Necessity of Applying 
to the president, or the Vessels must wait) they therefore beg that 
you will Order one on that Service Immediately by Order of the 
board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To Mich 1 . Kaltiesen Esq r 1 

A Letter to Capt n . James Doharty 

Navy Board 8 th Janr^ 1778 
Capt n . James Doharty 

Sir/ 

By M r . Henry Talbert you will receive 

Two Thousand Pounds, out of which You'll please pay the Men 
belonging to the Beaufort Gaily (to the time the pay Bill left with 
the Navy Board is made out) and take proper Vouchers for all the 
Money you pay The remainder (after paying off the people belong- 
ing to the Gaily) You'll please apply to the purchase of good pork 
for the use of the Naval Department 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 

You'll please Observe that all pay Bills, and Other Accounts deliv- 
ered against the Public must be Attested 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in faviour of 
Capt n . James Doharty for the use use of the Beau- 
fort Gaily 2000 

1 Wagonmaster General of South Carolina. (See journal of the Council 
of Safety for December 2, 1775, Collections of the South Carolina Historical 
Society, III, 41.) 



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Edward Taylor for 37 & 3 qrs of Iron for the use of] 
the Naval Department a i 50 ^ O \ 



10 



3887. .10 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Friday 9 th Jany 1778. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r . . 

Tho s Savage, Tho s Corbett, Edward Barrel! ) ^ rs 

Josiah Smith, John Edwards \ 

The Board agreed that Five Hundred pounds should be paid to the 
Pursers of the Gen 1 Moultrie, Polly, & Fair American, to provide 
Stores for the Captains & Officers of said Vessells 

Agreed to deliver the Ship Volunteer to the Owners and Direct 
the Commissary to receive all the Stores supplyed the Said Ship 
And that the first Commissioner do write a Letter of thanks to the 
Owners of said Ship 

The firs^ Commissioner Accordingly wrote the following Letter 

Navy Board Charles Town Janr? 9 th 1778 
Gentlemen 

The Navy Board finding it impracticable to man all the 
Vessels Intended for the Expedition against the British Men of War 
now Cruizing on the Coast, have resolved to discharge the Ship Vol- 
untier, and deliver her with her Stores to the Owners I am also 
desired to return you the thanks of the Board for your very Public 
Spirit in so readily offering the said Ship Volunteer for the Service 
of the State 

I am Respectfully 
Gent". 

Your Most Obed 1 . Serv*. 
Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
To the Gentlemen Owners ^ 
of the Ship Volunteer ( 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday io th Janr? 1778 

adjourned to Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 12 th January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Abb*. Ha41, Tho s Corbett Esq rs 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of"" 



Dan 1 . ONeille for the use of the Rope walk .... 4000 

John Moore wages due on board the Floating 

Battery 154. 17. 6 

Jn. Calvert Advanced by him for the different 

Rendezvouses 495 

William Trusler Sundry Acco ts . for Beef viz 

Brigg Comet 728. 14 

Pilot Boat Tryal 69.. 19 

Rattle Snake 176. . 4. . 6 

Floating Battery. . 39. 19. 6 

Beaufort Gaily 188 6. . 

Ship Yard 223,, 14 

Pilot Boat Eagle 150. . 2 

Brigg Notre Dame 735. 14.6 



Adjourned to Tomorry Evening 6 oClock 



2312.. 13. 6 
10,562. .11. . 



Navy Board .... Tuesday 13 th January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Ab l . Hall, Tho s Savage, Ed w Darrell Esq rs 
Captains Hall, Sullivan, Morgan, & Anthony attended the Board, 
and reported that they Could not possibly be ready as they could 
wish, to proceed to Sea on the Intended Expedition, until the next 
Spring Tides, as it is thought, the Men on board each Vessel, Ought 
to be Stationed & Trained some Little time before they sail 
A Letter to M r . John Stevenson 

Navy Board 13 th Janr^ 1778 
M r . Stevenson Sir/ 

You'll please Order a Schooner to take on board 
the Gen 1 Moultries Water now on Eveleig/w Wharf, and put it on 



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board said Ship as Early as possible tomorrow, as She must Sail in a 
day or Two 

I am Sir y r . Hbl e . Serv 1 . 

Edward Blake first Com r : 
A Letter to Capt n Nicholas Biddle Esq r 

Navy Board 13 th Janr^ 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Having been Informed by Cap- 
tains Hall, Sullivan, Morgan, & Anthony, that they Cannot possibly 
get the Different Vessels under their Command properly fitted and 
Clear to proceed to sea as Early as Thursday next (the time they are 
Informed that you intend to Sail) and as the Success of the Intended 
Expedition greatly depends on the Vessels being well fitted, and the 
people properly Quartered, and regularly Exercised to their Duty in 
Case of Meeting the Enemy at their first going out of Port, and as 
the Success of the Expedition will probably be attended with very 
great Advantages to the Continent in General as well as this State in 
particular The .Commissioners think it would be Imprudent to 
Order the Vessels to Sail before they are fitted & Mann'd and in 
Clear good Order to make a proper and Vigourous Attack, should 
they fall in with the Enemy soon after they got to Sea They there- 
fore request as a particular favour that you will not Sail with the 
Ship Randolph, before the next spring Tides by which time the Gen 1 
Moultrie, Notre Dame, Fair American, and Polly will Certainly be 
fitted, Mann'd, Clear, and ready to Sail in Company with you By 
Order of the Board 

I am Sir 

Your Most Obed 4 Hbl e Serv 1 

To Nicholas Biddle Esq r "] Edward Blake first Comm [break] 
Commanding the Continental I 
Frigate Randolph 

[Break] Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 13 th January 1778 

The Capt 115 . Hall, Sullivan, Morgan, & Anthony, having 
Informed the Board this Evening, that they Cannot possibly get the 
Vessels under their Command, in that Order they think Necessary, 
nor their Men Trained & Quartered in the Manner they could wish 
by Thursday next, we have in Consequence of the above Information 
wrote Capt" Biddle of the Randolph requesting him to stay till next 



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Springs, by which time we have no doubt but Every thing will be in 
such Order, as to give every hope of Success 

By Order of the Board- 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r - of 1 

Stephen Duvall for the Eagle Pilot Boats pay bill from ^468 

the 4 th . . Oct r . 1777 to the 4 th Ins 1 , being 3 Months 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 19 th January 1778 

The Board did not Meet According to Adjournment on Thurs- 
day last being prevented by the Dreadful fire which happened on that 
day 

The Board Met this Evening at the Treasury Office 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Ab 1 . Hall, Josiah Smith, Geo Smith, Edw d Darrell, Esq rs 
Ordered that the Clerk do Summons the Capt ns . Hall, Sullivan, 
Anthony, & Morgan to Attend the Board on Wednesday Evening 

Adjourned to next Wednesday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 2i st January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Edw d Darrell, Josiah Smith, George Smith Esq rs 
Capt ns . Hall, Sullivan, Morgan & Anthony attended the board 
According to Summons & reported the State of the Vessels under 
their Command 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury [break] sums in favour of 
George Monk for a Boat for the Gen 1 Moultrie [break] 
George Morris for painting the above Boat [break] 



630 

The above acco ts . Certified by Cap*. Philip Sullivan 
Adjourned to next Friday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Friday 23 d January 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 26 th January 1778 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Tho s Savage Tho s Corbett Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs - 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Afternoon 4 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 27 th . January 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Tho s Corbett, Tho s Savage, Josiah Smith, Geo Smith, Edw d Darrell, 
Esq rs 

The Captains Hall, Sullivan, Morgan, & Anthony, were Sum- 
mon'd to Attend the Board this Evening & they attended Accord- 
ingly 

A Letter was wrote to Alex 1 ". Moultrie Esq r Attor y General 

Navy Board 27 th January 1778 
Sir/ 

Capt n . Sullivan^ having Shipped on board his Vessel in the Ser- 
vice of the State, Nine Seamen belonging to Capt". John Holmes of 
the Ship Brunswick who has absolutely refused to pay their Wages, 
we shall be glad that you will write to him to pay the same (an 
Acco* of which is Inclosed} which should he refuse to do please pro- 
ceed against him agreable to an Ordinance passed Yesterday 

By Order of the Board 

To Alex r . Moultrie Esq r ) Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Attorney General j 

[ Break] eed that the [undecipherable] of the before mentioned Mens 
wages when settled by the Cap*. & the Attorney General shall be 
paid to Capt n Sullivan by the Clerk, and to be repaid him when 
received by Alex r Moultrie Esq r 

A Letter to Capt n William Hall- 
Navy Board January 27 th 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that you deliver from on 
board the Brigg Notre Dame to Capt" Sullivan of the Gen 1 Moultrie 
Twelve of the Men belonging to the Notre Dame 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

To Capt n William Hall 

of the Notre Dame 



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A Letter to Capt n Philip Sullivan 

Navy Board January 27 th 1778 
Sir/ 

You are hereby directed to apply to Capt n Hall of the Notre 
Dame for Twelve Men he has on board more than his Complement, 
and receive them on board the General Moultrie, Capt". Hall is 
directed to deliver the Men when you apply for them 
To Capt". Philip Sullivan 1 Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

of the General Moultrie C 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Capt n . Philip Sullivan Amo 1 of his Acco 1 . against 
the Ships Volunteer & Gen 1 Moultrie ......... \ 

Capt". Will" 1 Hall his acco 1 . against the Brigg Notre 

Dame 

George Bowing for 9 M os . wages on board the Defence 
M rs . Lester for 2 Months wages for 3 Negroes on 

board the Floating Battery to 19 th Janra y 2O/ <p 

day 
James Toussiger for Making 4 Six pound Carriages 

for the Notre Dame a 30 
Tho s Shubrick Esq r . for hire of his Negroe Carpen- 

ters at State Ship Yard to 3i st Dec r . Last 






743 

189 

186 



I2O 



631 17. 6 



Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday 29 th Ja [break] 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening [break] 



Navy Board Monday 2 d February [break] 

The Board Met According to Adjourn [break] 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 

Tho s Savage, Tho s Corbett, Josiah Smith) 

Edward Darrell Geo Ab l . Hall \ q " 

A Letter to William Vallentine Esq r . Commissary 

Navy Board 2 d Febry. 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy have about Two Hundred Bar- 



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rels of good Old Rice, on board of a Vessel belonging to the State, 
which was Intended for Exportation but, as new Rice is now to be 
got, and as it will be most for the public Benefit to Ship new Rice, 
the Board desires to know if you can take the Old Rice for Provis- 
sions on the Public Account, If you can take it, be pleased to give 
Notice thereof by Letter directed to M r . Blake the first Commis- 
sioner, Mentioning what Wharfe will be most Convenient to you 
for the Landing of it, and directions shall be given Accordingly 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 2 d Februv 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissary for the Naval Department has applied to the 
Board for Salt, to pack and pickle the provissions purchased for the 
Navy, they will be glad if your Excellency will give an Order on 
the Commissioners for Salt, to Supply the Commissary with such 
Quantity as he may require for the above purpose 
To his Excellency ) By Order of the Board 

John Rutledge Esq r ( Edw d Blake first Commiss [break] 

A Letter to Elisha Sawyer Esq r . Commissary 
[Break] r/ Navy Board 2 d Febr^. 1778 

You are desired to purchase any Quantity of Flour that 
you can get for Baking Bread for the Navy, & place it in the hands 

of the Bakers who will the most Speedily Bake it up 

Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums in fav r . 

of 

James Bricken for 30 Spears for the Gen 1 Moultrie a 6 180 

James Stedman 

Making Carriages for the Brigg Polly. . . .288 
for the Ship Gen 1 Moultrie . . . 246 
for the Brigg Notre Dame 180 714 



894 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Thursday 5 th February 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith Geo Smith Esq rs . 

Navy Board Feb y . 1778 

Ordered that the Clerk of the Board do go on board Each of 
the Vessels in the Service of the State now fitting out on an Expedi- 
tion, and take an Exact List of all the Men on board, belonging to 
Each Vessel, that the purser of Each Vessel be directed to send an 
Exact List of all the provission Supplied by the Commissary for the 
Cruize, and what has been Expended as well as what remains on 
board, of the Sea provissions, and that they do not make use of any 
of their Sea provissions while in port, as the Commissary has 
directions to furnish a Daily Supply of Fresh Beef That the Cap- 
tains of the different Vessels be directed to go and remain on board, 
& see that the Men are Regularly Quartered & Exercised at least 
twice Every day while they remain in port and that no more Men 
be Enlisted for the present Expedition till the above [break] are 
laid before the Board 

By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Ordered that the Commissary be directed to purchase as much Rum 
as will be Necessary for the present Expedition 

adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock- 



Navy Board .... Monday 9 th February 1778 

Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 12 th Feb^. 1778 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday i6 th February 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss 1 ". 

Josiah Smith, Geo. Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 
The first Comm r . informd v e Board that he had wrote & ordered 



the Clerk to deliver Instructions to Capt s . Hall, Sullivan, Morgan & 
Anthony, & their warrant officers respectively, which the Board 
approved. 

Ordered that the Clerk of the Board do Enquire of M r . Isaac D 3 
Costa what Sum of Money has been subscribed by the merchants 
& others of Charles Town for the purpose of Inlisting Seamen for 
the several Vessels lately fitted out on an Expedition in the Service 
of the State, and that he do request M r D a Costa will pay said 
Moneys into the Trea [break] ury and that the following Certificate 
be given to the Treasurer of the Charles Town Insurance Company 

Navy Board i6 th February 1778 

These are to Certify that Three Hundred Men & upwards have 
Entered into the Service of the State and Sailed on a Cruize against 
the Enemy, in four Vessels, Vizt Ship Gen 1 Moultrie & Brigg's 
Notre Dame, Polly, & Fair American, to whom have been paid a 
Bounty of Thirty Dollars Each & which includes the Ten Dollars 
Granted by the Charles Town Insurance Company as per their Reso- 
lution of December 15 th 1777 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of" > 

John Bonniet for work on board the Gen 1 Moultrie. . 293. 10 

Wheeler & Smith for the Volunteer 160.. . . 

Edw d Shrewsbery for the Brigg Polly. ... 150 - 

Ja s Cooke for the Polly & fair American 803 . 6 

Tho s Addison for Lumber & c . for Ship Yard 33 ,, 10 

Sam 1 Wells for Lumber for the Ship Yard 460 18,, 9. 

Edm d Egan Beer for the . . . Brigg Polly 553. 2. 6 

John Hughes 2 Acco ts . against Beaufort Gaily 514. .15 
Paul Pritchard for the Notre Dame 23. 9. 
ditto .... for the Gen 1 Moultrie 596 14.6 

620. . 3 6 

David Hamilton for the Eagle pilot Boat 115 

Cha s Duncan Rendezvous Acco' Fair American 3736,, 12. 6 

Tho s Ditchfield . . ditto . . . Fair American. . . . 4797. 10 

ditto ditto . . . Notre Dame 3321. 10 

Rich d Ellis. 2. . . .ditto . . . Ship Volunteer 4555 

John Vesey . . . ditto . . . Brigg Polly . . 4017. 17. 6 

James Bryan ditto . . . .Gen 1 Moultrie 5168,, 2. 6 



141 

Will 1 " Trusler Sundry Acco ts . Viz 1 

The Tryals Acco 1 . of Beef 57, 



continued Over 29357 19 3 

The Eagle Pilot boat for Beef 85,, 12,,,, 

The Ship Yard ditto 74 15,, 

The Floating Battery. . .ditto p 12,, 

The Rattle Snake ditto 29. . 16 

The Brig 1 . Notre Dame ditto 953. 5 

The Ship Gen 1 Moultrie. .ditto 697,, [break] 

The Ship Volunteer ditto 234. i . 6 

,The Brig 1 . Fair American ditto 894. 14. 6 

The Brig 1 . Polly ditto 1289. 17. 3 

The Several Vessels to divide.-ditto 377. 15. 6 



34004,, 9,, 6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 19 th February 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Even g . 6 oClock 



Navy Board .... Monday 23 d February 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 

Tosiah Smith Geo Smith ) _, 

' Eso rs 

John Edwards Geo Ab*. Hall ^ 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of Dan 1 ONeille for 
the use of the Rope walk 2000 

Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board .... Thursday 26 th February 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Jun r Esq r . in the Chair 
Geo Ab 1 . Hall, Tho s Savage, Tho s Corbett Edw d Darrell Esq rs 



142 

The following Order of the Privy Council dated the 12 th Ins*, 
was Received by the Board this Evening the purport of which is as 
follows 

Viz 
In the Privy Council 

February 12 th 1778 

The Board recommended to his Excellency to direct that the Ves- 
sel now building at the Ship Yard & Intended for a Galley, be Built 
for a sea Vessel 

By his Excellency the president 
Ordered Accordingly 

(Signed) John Colcock 

Sec r y. py. O. 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Rob*. Cochran for 3 Months rent of the Ship Yard 



& Four Negroes to the 28 th Ultim . . . f 

Will m Wilkins Making Sails & c . for the 

Defence 75 

ditto for the Eagle pilot boat 295 

ditto for the Tryal ditto. . . 54. 15 

424.15 
Leger & Greenwood for rum Supplyed the 

Commissary 7199 15 

Nath 1 Russell & C. for rum supplyed... ditto 5432 

Elisha Poinsett Medicines for the Notre 

Dame 850 ..2.6 

ditto.. .... ..for the Fair American.. 118.15 968 17 6 



Edward Stiles for the Comet . . 7 - 

for the Volunteer 38. 7. 6' 

for the Gen 1 Moultrie 58.10 - 

for the Fair American 6 - 

for the Polly. ... 51 . 15 

for the Rattle Snake 4 - 

165 12. 6 
M rs . Lester for i Month wages for 3 Negroes 1 

a 2O/ 3$ day on board the floating Battery j* 93 

Ordered to be p d by J :C J 



14,589 - 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



143 



Navy Board. .... Monday 2 d March 1778. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Thomas Corbett Geo ArA Hall Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favor of 



Nathan Legare for 10 Barrels Beef, .a 40. . . . 

John Waren for 12 Barrels Pork a 50 

Capt n Philip Sullivan for the Gen 1 Moultrie .... 

ditto ditto for the Volunteer 

Elisha Sawyer Commissary his Acco*. of Dis- 
bursements. . . .- 14234 

Paul Pritchard for the Volunteer to be paid by 

J. C. 16 

William Johnson Sundry Acco ts . against the 

Brigg Polly 794. 13.6. 

Notre Dame 359. 7. . . 

Rattle Snake 49. 11.3. 

Brigg Fair American 280.. 12. 6. 

Eagle Pilot Boat ^ . . . . 73 . 4.9. 

Tryall ditto 17.. 10.. 

Commissary for Sundrys 101 . 10 



400,,,, 

600 

400 - 

975 



Tunis Tebout 
Gaily 



Ball ce . of his Acco*. for Beaufort 



1676.9 
875. 4 .6 



19177,, 10.2 

Agreed that the Rattle Snakes Cargoe of Rice now in Store at Gads- 
dens wharf be forthwith Advertized and Sold at Public Vendue by 
the Clerk of this Board 

Adjourned to next Thursday Even* 6 oClock 

Navy Board .... Thursday 5 th March 1778 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 9 th March 1778 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Geo Smith Edw d Darrell Geo Ab*. Hall Esq rs 
The following Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 
Tho s Mayfield wages due him as Boatswain on board! 

the Brigg Comet from 12 th Oct r . 1777. to 5 th }- 165 . 13 . 4 
1778 J = 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



144 

Navy Board .... Thursday 12 th March 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present . . Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, Edw d Darrell, Esq rs . 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 

Tho s Gardener wages due on board the Brigg Defence 189 . 2 

M c Culley Righton his Acco ts . for Jan*. & Feb^ 313 . 2 

Dan 1 Caron for Schooner hire attending the Vessels of 

warr 160 



662,, 4- 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board .... Monday i6 th March 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Abbot Hall, Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, ] rs _ 
Edward Darrell, John Edwards ... ( 

In the Privy Council 

March 13 th 1778- 

The Board advised his Excellency that a Cartel be proposed to 
the Governor of S*. Augustine and that the Commissioners of the 
Navy Board do prepare and fit out the Rattlesnake for a Voyage 
there with provissions Sufficient for the prisoners of Warr intended 
to be sent in her, of whose Number his Excellency will inform the 
Board By his Excellency the President 

(Signed) Ordered Accordingly John Colcock Sec y P. C. 
Ordered that the Schooner Rattle Snake be immediately 
unloaded and fitted Out as a Cartel, to proceed to S l . . Augustine 
with prisoners of war 

Navy Board March i6 th 1778 
To Elisha Sawyer Commissary 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy request that you [break] with 
all possible Dispatch furnish the Necessary Stores and provissions 
for Fifty Men for One Month for the Schooner Rattlesnake 

Edward Blake first Commissioner 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



145 

Navy Board Thursday 19 th March 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board . . . Monday 23 d March 1778 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 26 th March 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Edward Darrell, Josiah Smith Esq rs 
'Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 2000 - 

Paul Ripley wages due him as Midshipman on] 
board the Brigg Comet from the i6 th Oct r . 1777 to J. 137.. 4 
14 March 1778 4 Months & 27 days a 28. ^ Month.. 

Jarvis Williams wages due him as Masters Mate 
board the Brigg Comet from 27* Sept r 1777 to the I 166 
14 March '1778 5 M os . & 16 days a 30 ^ M. . . .J 
Mackie & Cameron Coupering Bread & Water Casks 174 [break] 



Carried over 247 [break] 

[Break] ght up 2447. 19 - 

Ralph Atmer Caulking Public Boats 27 

Jacob Boomer Sundry Acco ts . Viz for the 

Brig 1 .. Notre Dame Beef supplyd. .308. .15. 

Fair American . . . d 372. . 5 

Ship Gen 1 Moultrie . . . d 983 . . 5 - 

Brigg Polly d 313 - 

Eagle Pilot Boat d 36. . 5 - 

Schooner Rattle Snake. . . d 20. .10 

Shipyard d 333.. 11.3. 2367.. 11.. 3. 



4872. .10. .3 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



10. I. 



Navy Board Monday 3O th March 1778 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 2 d April 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Tho s Corbett, Edw d Darrell, Josiah Smith, Roger Smith Esq rs 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 
Tho s Smith Amo'. of the Pilot Boat Tryals pay Bill, 
from the 2 d Decem r 1777. to- the 27 th Janr^ 1778. . . . 
Philip Hart for Lignumvite & Rosewood for Ship Yard. . 165.7. 



247. 19,6 

The Board Agreed to furnish Roger Smith Esq r with Twelve Bar-' 
rels of Salt Provissions and what Cordage may be wanted for the 
Vessels now fitting out by him on account of the State 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 6 th April 1778. 

The Board Met According to Adjournment. 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Abb*. Hall Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Board Received a Letter from M r . David Hamilton Acquainting 
them of his Intention to decline the Management of the State Ship 
Yard in case his wages are not augmented 

Agreed that M r . .Duvall should send Two Men with M r . Paget a 
Branch Pilot to Carry out of Stono Inlet the Spanish Schooner now 
lying there by application of George Abbot Hall Esq r 

M r . Duvall applyed for, and the Board agreed to furnish the 
Pilot Boat Eagle with two new Masts & 
The following order was sent to M r . David Hamilton 

Navy Board April 6 th 1778 
Sir/ 

You are hereby directed to furnish the Eagle Pilot boat with 
Two Masts of 63 & 66 feet Each & 10 Inches in the Partners as 
Soon as possible 

To By Order of the Board 

M r . David Hamilton } Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

at the State Ship Yard ( 



H7 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav 1 of Stephen 
Duvall's pay bill of the Eagle Pilot boat to the 4 th Ins 1 ., 



being 3 Mo s j 

Smith & Darrell for Sund^ 5 Supplyed the Commissary 827. . 5 

Smith & Darrell for Jackets Supply d the Gen 1 Moultrie 540 

Tarlton Brown Advanced by him for the Beaufort) 
Gaily to be paid by the Clerk ( 

1860. .15 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 9 th April 1778 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 o'Clock 



Navy Board Monday 13 th April 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Roger Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs 

Ordered that the following Advertizement be Inserted in M r . Wells's 
next Gazette and One Hundred hand Bills be Struck of Imme- 
diately 

By an Act passed the 28 th March last for the better Regulating 
of Pilots & c . it is therein provided that the Commissioners of the 
Navy shall Cause a Leading Mark to the Beacon to be Erected in the 
same place where the former One stood Also two leading Marks as 
Guides through the Middle Channel and One for Lawfords Channel, 
and shall also Cause Buoys to be fixed a Long the North Channel at 
fit places so as to Render the Navigation of those Channels more 
safe and Secure, Any Persons inclinable to undertake and Execute 
the above Business are desired to deliver in their proposals in writ- 
ing to 

John Calvert Clerk to the Navy Board 

Ordered that the Clerk do acquaint the Quarter Master Gen 1 , 
that the Board Expects he will pay the hire of the Floating Battery 
Regularly every Month 

Ordered that those Men in the Hospital who have Entered in the 
States Service (for the late Expedition) and now well Enough to be 
discharged from thence be sent on board the Beaufort Galley 



148 

A Clause of the Pilotage Act, and the following Letter were 
delivered to Stephen Duvall and Will 1 " Farroe Commanding the 
Eagle and Tryall Boats 
Sir/ 

Agreeable to the Above Clause [break] of the 28 th March last 
the Commissioners of The [break] that you do Alternately lay with 
your Pilot Boat at Anchor near Sullivans Island at Night and that 
you do proceed to Sea as Early as possible Every Morning so as to 
give the Necessary Assistance to any Vessels bound into any port in 

this State. . . by Order of the Bo [break] 

Navy Board | Edward Blake first Commiss [break] 

13 th April 1778 } 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury for in fav 
[break] of Dan 1 ONille for the use of the Rope 

Walk 1000 - 

Tho s Smith for the Pilot Boat Tryals Pay Bill to 
this day 231 . 4 - 
Richard Mercer Sundrys Supplied the Notre Dame 185. 10. 
the Fair American 272. 15 

- 458.5. 

Rob 1 . Beard Tin work for the Navy 1 54 - 

Tho s Joel for Spars & Lumber for the Ship yard .. H26..3..H.. 
John Moor 3 Months Wages and Disbursements) 
on board the floating Battery to the 9 th Ins*. ( 



3144,, 2,, ii- 

The Board agreed to Allow the Men hired on board the pilot 
Boats Forty two pounds Each <p Month in future 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board .... Thursday 16 th April 1778 . 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Abb*. Hall, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 

The following Note was wrote by the first Commiss 1 " to his Excel- 
lency the president and Approved of by the Board 

Edward Blake presents his Complements to his Excellency the 
President and Informs him that agreable to an Act of the General 
Assembly passed the 28 th March 1778 He (by Order of the Commis- 



149 

sioners of the Navy) sent Orders to M r . Stephen Duvall and M 1 '. 
Will m Pharoah 1 The Two Pilots Intrusted with the care of the Eagle 
and Tryall Pilot Boats) to Anchor Alternately at Night as near to 
Snllivants Island as possible and to proceed to Sea Early every 
Morning, so as to give the necessary assistance to any Vessels bound 
into any of the ports in this State, but instead of Obeying such 
Orders Mess rs . Duvall, Pharoah, and two Other pilots Just waited 
on him and Informed him, that they will not Serve any Longer as 
Pilots and Declared they would not go out to Sea any more in the 
Boats; this behaviour is very Alarming (Especially at a time we are 
in hourly Expectation of Vessels Ariveing from Every Quarter) and 
well worth the Notice of the Executive Authority 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury 
in fav r . of Tho s Shubrick Esq r . for Negroe hire in the) 

State Ship yard to the 3i st March last \ 539. 1.3. 

Beaufort Galley Ball 6 , of pay bill to the 9 th March. . . . 256. 13.4. 
Alex r . Rose for Cash Advanced in part of wages due] 
from the Brigg Defence to John Hays, Rob 4 . Herveyl 601 . 5 - 
Ezek 1 Lambert Sam 1 Frost Abr m Heath & Geo Bowenj 



,,i9,, 7 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday [break] 

The Board Met According to Adjournment. 
Present. . Edward Blake Esq r . first Commission [break] 
George Abb 1 . Hall Josiah Smith 
Edward Darrell Roger Smith 
A Letter from the first Commissioner to Capt n Sullivan on his 
[undecipherable] was approved of this Evening 
Capt". Philip Sullivan 

Sir/ 

You'll please Order a Num[break] of 

Men from on board the Gen 1 Moultrie to assist in Landing her Guns 
out of the Schooner and have all the powder, and Gunners Stores 

1 Farrow. It is so given in the engrossed copy, and heretofore Mr. Calvert, 
the clerk, has spelled the name Farroe. (See p. 148.) 



150 

; 

Landed & delivered to the proper Officers appointed to Receive 
them 

I am Sir your Hbl e Serv 1 . 
Monday 2O th April 1778 Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

To Capt n Philip Sullivan 
Sir Navy Board 23 d April 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board direct that all the 
Stores on Board the General Moultrie belonging to the Public of 
this State be Landed & delivered to the proper Officers Appointed to 
receive them, and that the Warrant Officers belonging to said Ship 
do make a proper Return of all the Stores Expended during the late 
Cruize as well as all such as may be delivered on Shore, and that a 
proper pay Bill for said Ship be made out and Delivered to the Clerk 
of the Navy Board as soon as possible 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

A Similar Letter was wrote and delivered to Capt n Charles 
Morgan of the Brigg Fair American [Break.] 1 . . James Mayberry 
of The Gen: Moultrie was Nominated by the Board to the Command 
of the Beaufort Galley and the Following Orders were given him 
Sir/ You are to take Charge of the Beaufort Galley early tomorrow 
Morning and be as Expeditious as possible in getting her ready to 
Clean, taking out her Two Guns & Landing them on Gibbes's Wharf 
before you lay her a Shore 

By Order of the Board 

Navy Board | Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

23 d April 1778 ^ 

To his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 23 d April 1778 
Sir/ 

Immediately after rece*. of your Letter the Commissioners of 
the Navy Board sejit to Lieut. James Mayberry the first Lieu* of the 
General Moultrie to know if he would Accept the Command of the 
Galley which he agreed to do, the Commissioners therefore beg leave 
to recommend him to your Excellency as a fit person for that Com- 
mand 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To his Excellency 
the President 



To Brigadier General Moultrie 

Navy Board 23 d April 1778 
Sir/ 

The President having desired that the Beaufort Galley should be 
Immediately got ready to Transport Stores & c . to Georgia, and that 
you would furnish some Men to Assist in getting her ready The 
Navy Board will be glad that they be Ordered on board Tomorrow 
Morning to Assist Capt n Mayberry in getting her a Shore to Clean 
her 

To x | By order of the Board 

Brig 1 ". General Moultrie ( Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Capt n - [break] harl [break] appointed by the Board to Appraise 
what Damage [break] Ship Gen 1 Moultrie & Brig 1 Fair American 
may have [break] during the Cruize. 

The Board Agreed to allow Capt n Thomas Shubrick for his 
Negroe Carpenters at the State Ship Yard Forty Shillings <$ day for 
Each from the first Ins 1 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour 
of 

Will m Smart freight of 50 Barr ls Pork from Geo Town. . . . . 100 
Edw d Hair for 2015*. Tallow dd the Commissary a 157. 



Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 
Ended 1 



Navy Board Monday 27 th April 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Geo Abb*. Hall, Edw d Darrell, Geo Smith Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting were read 
A Letter to M r M c Culley Righton Boat-keeper 
Sir/ Navy Board April 27 th 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do with all 
possible dispatch, have all the Boats belonging to this State that 
now are or have at any time been in your Care (as Boat keeper) 

1 End of the second of the thin blank books in which the original journal 
was kept by the clerk. 



152 

t 
Cleaned and put in good Order, and that you do make a proper 

Return to this Board, of all such Boats by next Thursday Evening 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Comiss r 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r of John Gaboriel for 

the Ball ce . of his Acco 4 . that is t . 

For the State Ship Yard 3705.11.6. 

For the State Rope Walk 18 - 

3723. 1 1. 6 
Paul Pritchard for the Rattle Snake to be p d by y e Clerk 18. 12.9. 



^3742 4.3 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board .... Thursday 3O th April 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 

Geo Ah'. Hall, Roger Smith Geo Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs . 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the follow 8 Sums 
The Beauforts Galleys Pay Bill to the 13 th Apr 161 . 14 

The Ship Gen 1 Moultries pay bill to the i8 th . Ins l .j 



being 4 Months & 3 days Amo 1 . ( 



8692. 14. 8 

The Board agreed to go tomorrow to the Beacon to fix on a proper 
place for a Leading Mark for the Bar 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6. O' Clock. 



Navy Board Monday 4 th May 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq 1 ". in the Chair 

Tho s Corbett, Geo Abb 4 Hall, Edward Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

On Friday the first Ins 1 , the following Members of the Board with 
the Two Pilot Boats went down to the Bar and after Stationing the 
said Boats properly they fixed on a proper Spot to have a Beacon, or 
Leading Mark Erected on a Line with the Bar and Lighthouse Viz- 



153 



Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss 1 " 
George Abbot Hall, Josiah Smith, Thomas Corbett) 

George Smith, & Edward Darrell ^ 

M r . David Edgar from the Ship Yard Attended the Board Accord- 
ing to Summons and was desired to attend again on Thursday next 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in 
favour of 
The Brig* Fair Americans pay Bill from the 22 d of December 1777 

to the 24 th April 1778 4 mo & 2 da y s 7124 4.7 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 1000 



8124. .4.7 

M r . John Gaborial Laid before the Board a plan and proposals fpr 
Erecting a Beacon or Leading Mark to the Bar 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 O'Clock. 



[Break] Thursday 7 th May 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair. 

Edward Darrell, Roger Smith, Esq rs . 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums, in 
fav r . of Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk. . . .3000 - 

Joshua Toomer Timber for the Ship yard 583,, 

The Beaufort Galleys pay bill to the 14 th Ult. to] 
be paid by the Clerk ( ~ 



^3651,, 3- 3 
adjourned to next Monday Even g 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday n th May 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edward Darrell, Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 

The Board Agreed to M r John Gaborials Proposals for Erect- 
ing a Leading Mark or Beacon to the Bar 



154 

Agreed to Allow the four Sailors Capt". Steel took into pay 
at S* Augustine on board the Schooner Rattle Snake Fifty pounds 
Each, also the Man that watered the Vessel while there Fifty pounds 
for their Services 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following Sums Viz 
To Anthony Bonneau Amo* of his Acco 1 for Pork. . . . $9902, ,19. 4. 
John Hays Ball ce . due him from the Brigg Defence i93,,n,,3. 

Five Soldiers for work on board the Beaufort Galley) 

Ordered to be paid by the Clerk ^ 

A pay bill for a Detachment of marines on board the) 
Gen 1 Moultrie Jn Blake Esq r . Command r . ( I53 " 

Jn Knowles wages due him on board the Brigg) 
Notre Dame as Chief Mate \ 



11423,, 8,,7 
Adjourned to next Thursday Even 8 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thurs [break] 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening [break] 



Navy Board Monday i8 th May 177 [break] 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present.. Edward Blake Esq r . first Commission [break] 

Josiah Smith, Geo Abb*. Hall, Edw d Darrell, Esq. 
The Minutes of Last Meeting wer,e read 

The Board agreed to recommend John Drew to the Command of the 
Schooner Rattle Snake 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the following sums 
in favour of ( 

Sam 1 Frost for Ball ce . of wages due him from the] 
Brigg Defence as Armourer from 4 th Janry 1777 to}. 459. . 5 
the 4 th of May 1778 is 16 Months a 35. ^ M 

560 - 
62 dollars no 15 

459 5 



155 



Capt n James Doharty for Ball ce . of pay bill and dis- 
bursements for the Beaufort Galley to 9 th March 
Aaron Lovis Blockmaker Order d to be paid by the 
Clerk 30 Dollars, or 



1412. .6.1. 
48.. 15 



1920. . 6. i- 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5. oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 2i st May 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board .... Monday. 25 th May 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournm 1 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Geo Smith Edw d . Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read. 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour 
of 

[Break] for Turning for the fair American 25. 10 

Capt". [break] Morgan Ball ce . of his Acco*. and ] 
disbursements for the Brigg Fair American ( '^ ' '' 
John Calvert Amo 1 of pay bill for the Marines on) 

board the Brigg Fair American ^ 

Capt n . James Woodhouse Ball ce . of wages and) 
disbursements for the Schooner Rattle Snake ( 
Elisha Sawyer Commissary his disbursem ts and) , 

Salary to the 30 th Ulto Ball ce J 4 4 



Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 5 oClock 



156 

Navy Board .... Thursday 28 th May 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Edward Darrell, Josiah Smith Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 
A Letter to M r . David Edgar- 
Navy Board 28 th May 1778 
M r . David Edgar 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy request that 
you do Immediately discharge Alexander Miller from the State Ship 
Yard and Inform the Commissioners of the Time he has worked 
there By Order of the board 

May 28 th 1778 Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board Monday i /[break] 

The Board Met According to A d jou mm [break] 
Present Josiah Smith Jun r . Esq r . in the Chair 

John Edwards, Edward Darrell Esq rs : 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
An Order was drawn in favour of 

James Wright for 250 lb . w 1 . of Bread for the Beaufort Galley 175. 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5 oClock 

Navy Board 4 th June 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
An Order to the Commissary 

Navy Board June 4 th 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that you Supply Capt n . 
Drue with the within mentioned Articles for use of the Schooner 
Rattle Snake 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To M r Dan 1 Smith 
Commissary for the 
Naval Department 



157 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour 
of 

Rob 1 . Cochran for One Qua 1 ". Rent of the Ship Yard) 
& 4 Negroes due the 28 th April Last ^ 
Rich d Ellis as a reward for his particular Services] 
and Assistance afforded the Ship Gen 1 Monltrie 
when on Shore on the Bar and Sweeping for her 
Anchors with his own boat 
Tho s Mayfield for like Services 150 



^755- 
to 755 

[Break] Oneille D r . to the Rope walk for 408 tw | 
Cordage sold & delivered Will" 1 Gibbes Esq r . a 70 [ 288,, 12 

<($ 100 and One Hambrough Line 6o/ J 

Smith & Darrell D r . to the Rope walk for 652 tv 
Cordage dd them for the Beaufort Pilot boat a }> 456 
70 ^ O 



1500 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 8 th June 1 778 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Tuesday g th June 1778 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday io th June 1778 

The board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss r 

Josiah Smith Thomas Corbett Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 



The following Letters were wrote Viz 

To his Excellency the President 

Navy Board io th June 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy request your Excellency's 
directions respecting the Brigg Polly If she is to be delivered to 
the proper Owners and the Crew discharged 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
M r ,, David Edgar 

Sir 

You'll please Order the public Flatt to pro- 
ceed to Kewah Island for a Quantity of knees and live Oak Timber 
now ready at a Landing for the use of the State Ship Yard 
Navy Board | By Order of the Board 

10 June 1778 ( Edw d Blake [break] 

A Letter to M r Aaron Lovis Block [break] 
M r . Aaron Lovis 

Sir/ 

Yo,u are to furnish Capt n . Hall of the Brigg 

Notre Dame with all such Stores as may be wan [break] for said 
Brigg that may be within your Department 
June io th 1778 By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss [break] 
To Capt n Hezekiah Anthony 
Capt n . Hezekiah Anthony 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy 

request that you do as soon as possible make the proper returns of 
all the Stores Expended by the different Warrant Officers on board 
the Brigg Polly on the late Cruze (Signed by yourself) And also 
of all such stores or Merchandize as may have been taken by you 
Out of any Prizes during said Cruize 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 ". 
Navy Board June 10, 1778 

To Capt rt . Cha s Morgan 
Capt n Morgan 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy request that you do 
Make a return as soon as possible of all such Stores or Merchandize 



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as may have been taken by you out of any Prizes during said Cruize 
Navy Board ) By Order of the Board 

10 th June 1778 ^ John Calvert Clerk 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 

John Scott Jun r for hire of his Schooner 60 

Paul Pritchard for a Steamer & Iron work for Ship Yard 350 

Elisha Poinsett 2 Acco ts . for Medicines Supplyed The 

Ship Gen 1 Moultrie 1992 

The Brigg Polly 1260.53252. 5 



Cont [break] 

[Break] up 3662 5 

TJwmas Smith founder his Acco 1 555 

Nath 1 Havens for wages due himself and his Negroei 



Lewis on board the Brigg Comet ^ 

M c Culley Righton his Acco*. for April as boat keeper 160 -- 

Alex r Miller for 7 days work at the State Ship Yard] 
Ordered to be paid by the Clerk a 84 ^ m. 



4716,, o,, 5 
adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board .... Thursday II th June 1778 
The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Geo Ab 4 . Hall, Esq rs 
The Minutes of the Last Meeting were read 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 

John Calvert pay bill for the Detachment on board) . 

t 14^1 .O. .o, 
the Brigg Polly ( 

John Calvert pay bill for the Schooner Rattle Snake) ^ 

Cartel to S*. Augustine Cap 1 Elijah Steel ^ 

Will m Johnson Amo'. of Cap 4 . Elijah Steels disburse- 
ments 153. o. 9. 



2870 9.. 3 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 15 th June 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Jn Edwards, Geo A. Hall, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 

the Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
Gentlemen/ Navy Bo [break] 

The Commissioners of the Navy are desired [break] his 
Honour the Vice President to Discharge the Brigg Polly from the 
Service of the State, and to deliver her to the proper Owners 
You'll therefore please appoint a proper person to receive said Brigg 
from Cap 1 Anthony who has Orders to deliver her with an Inventory 
of all her Stores to such person as you may appoint to receive her 

By Order of the Board 

To Mess rs Smith & Dorrell Edward Blake first Commis r 

and the Other Gentlemen Owners |> 

of the Brigg Polly j 

Navy Board 12 th June 1778 
Sir/ 

You are directed by the Commissioners of the Navy to Deliver 
the Brigg Polly with all her Stores, Together with an Inventory of 
all the Stores belonging to said Brigg to such persons as the Owners 
may direct to receive her 

You are also to discharge all the Men belonging to said Brigg 
Immediately after delivering her to the Owners, and to deliver a 
proper pay bill to the Clerk of the Navy Board that they may be 
paid their wages By Order of the Board 

To Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Cap 1 . Hezekiah Anthony 

A Letter to Capt n John Drew- 
Navy Board June 15 th 1778 
Cap 1 John Drew Sir/ 

Your Letter of the 13 th Ins 1 was this Even- 
ing laid before the Board, and in Answer thereto aw to Inform you 
that the Board will not agree to your proposals. As you have Every 
Advantage that is allowed in the Merchant Service, you must Expect 
to r,un the same risk that Capt ns . in the Merchants Service do, if 
[break] not agreeable to you another Master must be [break] the 
Rattle Snake- 
By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commissioner 



Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 

Henry Reeves for sundrys Supplyed the Ship Yard 205 . 10 

David Hamilton his Salary and Disbursements at) 
. C4 c , . V 1408. .18. o. 

the State Ship yard j 

Jacob Boomer Beef supplyed the Ship Yard 688 ,,12. 6 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 1000 

Jn Calvert the Brigg Pollys pay bill to io th Ins 1 . 4539- 14.10 

Blakes & Sawyer for Rice Storage Bbls & Cooper- } 

age for the Schooner Rattle Snake 475 ^" ' I4 ' 3 



12598 10 ,,4. 
adjourned to Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board . . . . . . Thursday i8 th June 1778 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 22 d June 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Geo Smith, Edw d Darrell ] ,-. rs 

Thomas Corbett. George Abb*. Hall ( 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 
Agreed That the Clerk do Pay Alex r . M c Mullin 2] 
Months wages due him from the Rattle Snake ^ 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Commodore Alex r . Gillon for 58330 feet of Mahog y a 
5 ^ loo 2916. .10 
M c Culley Righton his Acco 1 . for May 93 



3051.. 

The Board agreed to go down to the Lighthouse on Wednesday 
next. 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 O'.Clock. 



Navy Board Thursday 25 June 1778. 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 O'Clock. 

11. H. c. 



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Extra Meeting 

Navy Board Saturday 27*. June 1778 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith Edward Darrell } ^ 
John Edwards Geo Ab*. HalL.J q " 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

An Information was Laid before the Board against Cap*. 
Briggs Lately appointed to the Command of the Schooner Rattle 
Snake as a person Inimical to the Liberties of America 

The Evidences against the said Cap 1 . Brigg appearing Trifling 
& frivolous the Board therefore Acquitted him 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 29 th June 1778 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Extra Meeting 

Navy Board Tuesday 3O th June 1778 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, George Smith, | _., rs 

Edw d Darrell J.n Edwards, Tho s Corbett, \ 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
The following Letters were wrote 
A Letter to Capt". Will m Hall 

Navy Board June 3O th 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that [break] open a 
house of Rendezvous tomorrow morning under a proper [break] 
fficer for Eight days in order to procure Seamen for the Notre 
Dame; it is hoped that you will Endeavour to avoid the Heavy 
Expence that has usually attended a rendezvous, and that you Order 
daily Accounts thereof to be delivered and reported to the Board ; 
you will also prepare the Notre Dame as soon as possible for a 
Cruise and have her Carried into the Road 

Capt n . Will" 1 Hall ) Edward Blake first Commiss r . 

of the Notre Dame 



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\ 

A Letter to the Commissary 

Navy Board 3O th June 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that you sell all the Beef 
in your possession belonging to the Navy at public Vendue, and 
Account for the same to the Board By Order of the Board 

M r . Daniel Smith 1 Edw d Blake first Commiss* 

Naval Commissary I 

P.'S you are Likewise to purchase Twenty Barrels of good 
Flour and have it baked as soon as possible for the Notre Dame 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 3O th June 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to Inform your 
Excellency, that the Schooner Rattle Snake having been prevented 
from proceeding on a Voyage which was Intended to furnish the 
Navy and Army of this State with Rum, First by a General 
Embargo, & afterwards by her being Ordered to S 4 . Augustine as a 
Flag of Truce, is now again loaded and will be ready for Sea in a 
few days The Commissioners request your Excellencys Orders 
respecting that Vessel in Consequence of the Embargo laid by Con- 
gress on provissions By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Com r . 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in favour of the Clerk of this 
Board for the Amo [break] of the Notre Dames] , , 

pay bill to the 2o th June 6 Months ^ ' **/ 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board' Thursday 2 d July 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 6 th July 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Geo Abb 4 . Hall, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 



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Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope Walk dated 4 th 

Ins 1 . 1000 

Jn Calvert amo*. of Pay bill for the detachment of] 

Marines on board the Brigg Notre Dame ^ 

Blakes & Sawyer for 1950x5 feet of Inch boards for the] 

State Ship Yard, a 10 ^ 100 } ! 

Gasper Wershing for Beef Supplied the Beaufort Gal- 
ley- 83.. 1 5 
Will 171 Parker for Schooner hire Assist 8 the Gen 1 Moul- 

trie no 

Cap*. Jn Drue for wages & disbursement due himself 

& a Negroe on board the Schooner Rattle Snake 

Capt n . Philip Sullivan Amo*. of Disbursments for the 

Ship Gen 1 Moultrie \ 454 



141 



4659.. 5 

Ordered that Capt". Hall do shut up the Notre Darned Rendez- 
vous this Evening 

Order of the Privy Council respecting the Rattle Snakes Cargoe 
dated I st Ins 1 . 

In the Privy Council Wednesday I st July 1778 
His Excellency laid before the Board a Letter he had received from 
the Commissioners of the Navy respecting the Rattle Snake now a 
Third time ready for Sea, having on board a Cargo of Rice The 
Board advised that her present Cargo be unloaded ; such part thereof 
as the Commissary shall want be delivered him, and the rest sold, 
that she be reloaded with such Articles as are not prohibited by the 
Embargo & forthwith proceed on her Voyage 

, By his Excellency the President 

Ordered Accordingly 
(Copy)- Jn Colcock Secy P* O. 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to acquaint your 
Excellency that several of the Seamen & Officers which lately 
belonged to the State Brigg Defence are now in Charles Town and 
have applied to the Board for payment of their wages till their 
return as the Commissioners have never seen any Law respecting 
the payment of wages to such persons as are Captured in the Service 



of this State, they will be glad of your Excellencys Directions 

respecting the Crew of that Vessel 

July 6 th 1778 By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To his Excellency the President 

Adjourned to Next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board ..... ... Th [break] 

The Board Met According to /Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Geo Abb 1 . Hall, Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting were Read 

The Board agreed to Load the Rattle Snake for a Voyage with Lum- 
ber and a few Hh ds . of Tabocco 

Agreed to go to Hobcaw Tomorrow to View the Ship Yard 
Late Begby and Mansons 

Orders were drawn on the Treasury for the follow 8 Sums in fav r of 
Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk ........ 2000 -- 

An Additional pay Bill for the Notre Dame Ordered) 

, . , , X V- , V 

to be paid by the Clerk .................... \ 



2I2 - 



2212. l6 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 1 3 th July 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commiss 1 " 

Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell, Geo Ah'. Hall, Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

On Friday Last the io th Ins 1 , the following Commiss rs viz Edward 
Blake Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell & Geo Ab l . Hall Esq rs Accord- 
ing to Appointment went to Hobcaw to Take a View of the Ship 
Yard Late Begby & Mansons with M r . Paul Pritchard whom they 
desired to furnish them with an Estimate of the Cost of Land, 
Buildings, Ship on the Stocks, Timber, Blocks, Negroes & c . 



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The following Letter was wrote to the president 

Navy Board 13 th July 1778. 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to inform your 
Excellency that the Brigg Notre Dame is near Ready to Proceed on 
a Cruize, and will be Obliged to your Excellency for Commissions 
for the First and Second Lieutenants and Warrants for the Master, 
Gunner, Carpenter, Boatswain, and Surgeon, Agreeable to the 
Inclosed list, and if any particular Instructions are to be given to 
Capt n . Hall, the Board will be glad to be advised as Early as Possi- 
ble 

By Order of the Board 

His Excellency ) Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

the President ( 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of Will m 
Trusler for Beef Supplyed the follow 8 Vessells & c 

Ship Gen 1 Moultrie 94.. 15 

Brigg Fair American 291.. 10 

Beaufort Galley 145. 7. 6 

Ship Yard 212. 6. 3. 

Rattle Snake 293. 3. 9. 

Notre Dame 1141.. 5 

Brigg Policy '. 306. 10 

Eagle Pilot Boat 685. 6. 3. 

Tryall Pilot Boat 299. 6. 3. 3469.10 

Audley & Hopkins for Cordage Supplyd the Com- 
missary 427. . 

Blakes & Sawyer for 21325 w . of Flour a 35 ^ O. d.. 7463. . 15 

Myer Moses for Flour & Butter to. d.. 1343. 3 

Stephen Duval's pay bill for the Eagle Pilot boat) 
from the 4 th of April to the 4 th July & disbursements^ 

13713,, i ,,9. 
adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 16 [break] 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
John Edwards Josiah Smith ^ rg 
Edward Darrell George Smith ( 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 



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A Letter to M r Stephen Duvall Yesterday 

Navy Board July 15 th 1778 
Sir/ 

Eleven Prisoners of war having made their Escapes. last night, 
have Taken a Sailing boat Belonging to M r . Redhall and are very 
probably gone to the Sward ; the Commiss rs . of the Navy direct that 
you do Immediately proceed with the Eagle Pilot Boat to the South- 
ward and Endeavour by Every means in your ppwer to Overtake 
and bring back to Charles Town the said Prisoners 

By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To M r . Steven Duvall 

Should the Eagle be gone out the Board 
Recommend that M r . Duvall do go out in the Tryal and take Charge 

of the Eagle at Sea, as she is the fittest Vessel for that purpose 

E B 

A Letter to M r Paul Pritchard 

Navy Board i6 th July 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy have received and considered 
your proposals respecting the Sale of the Ship Yard at Hobcaw, 
which they find to be different from what they expected from the 
Conversation they before had with you, both respecting the Commis- 
sion charged on the purchase and the Terms of your own attend- 
ance; the Commissioners understood you were willing to carry on 
the Yard holding a Share yourself and to receive a proportion of the 
profits upon which principle they desired your proposals M r Liv- 
ingston's condition also of sending any Vessels that he [break] e to 
the Yard, in preference to all Others is not agreeable to them tho 
the Commissioners would by all Means give the preference to Con- 
tinental Vessels Another principal obstacle with them is that you 
have not proposed any term of time to remain at the Yard, they 
could not think of making any Agreement without your engaging to 
carry on the Business of the Yard for a term of Years 

Should you be inclinable to alter your proposals either to carry 
on the Yard jointly or to receive a certain Share of the Profits for 
your Management, they will recommend the matter to the President 
& Council for their approbation. 

By Order of the Board 
To M r . Paul Pritchard Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 ". 



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The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
John Calvert an Additional pay bill of the detachm 1 ) 

of Artillery on board the Brigg Polly J 7H " I5 ~ 

Nath 1 Russell & C. for 3 Hh ds . of Rum sold the 

Commissary 2254. 

W m .. Axon his Acco 1 . for Measuring Lumber at 

ShipYard 122. 13. 6 

W m Farrow Tryal Pilot boats pay bill to 13 th Ins 1 

3 Mo s 373 . .16 

Tho s Shubrick Esq r . for Negroe Hire at Ship Yard 

to 7 th Ins' 668. 2. 6 



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Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 2O th July 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Tosiah Smith Edward Darrell ) _ 

v r sn rs 
Geo Abb* Hall Thomas Corbett ] 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
Instructions to Capt n William Hall 

Navy Board. .2O th July 1778 
Sir/ 

The Brig 1 Notre Dame being well fitted, having her full Com- 
plement of Men, Provissian^ and stores for a Three Months Cruize ; 
The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you Sail in Company 
with Commodore Gillon and that you do Strictly Comply with Every 
part of the Annexed Ord^r of the president and Privy Council 
Should you be so fortunate as to take any prizes during your Cruize, 
you are to put on board a proper person as prize Master with a 
Sufficient Number of Seamen to Navigate her with Orders to pro- 
ceed to Charles Town, or some Inlet in the State of South Carolina, 
and to Treat all Prisoners with the greatest Humanity and Tender- 
ness you are also to advise the Commiss rs by Every Opportunity 
of all Transactions worthy their Notices You are to be particu- 
larly Careful of all the Stores on board and see that all the Warrant 
Officers make Clear and regular returns to you, of all the Stores 
Expended every Month, and if found right, you are to Sign Such 






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returns ; you are also at the End of the Cruize to lay before the 
Board, a Clear and regular return of all the Stores Expended during 
the Cruize as also of all such as were received on board as well as 
what remain without which no pay will be allowed 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 

(Annexed) In the Privy Council Tuesday July 14 th ,, 1778 

The Board advised that Capt n Hall of the Notre-Dame be directed 
to put himself under the Command of Commodore Gillon to sail 
with him 100 leagues Eastward of this Coast & then to return imme- 
diately or accompany him to the Havannah as the Commodore shall 
think proper, and in case he shall go to the Havannah, that he 
return from thence to this Port directly or proceed to the West 
Indies with the Commadore as he shall direct, and in case also 
he should go to the West Indies that he th^w return immediately 
here 

By his Excellency the president 

Ordered Accordingly 
(Signed) John Colcock Sec^ P*. O 
Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Capt n . Will" 1 Hall his Acco*: of Bounty and Addi- 
tional pay allowed by Act of Assembly pass d 2i st 1166. 6 
March 1778 
Jos Stanyarne for 22600 Shingles ship d on board the 

Rattle Snake a 20 ^ 1000 ^ 

The following Acco ts were Ordered to be paid by the 
Clerk 
Paul Newman 10 days wages due him from Rattle 

Snake 28 

Step n Hopkins going after Deserters for Notre Dame 45 - 
Doct r . D'Ubertas for Medicines for .... Notre Dame 92 - 
Edw d . Shrewsberry for a Spar for the Eagle Pilot boat- 54 



f 1837.. ' 
adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 th oClock 



Navy Board .... Thursday 23 d July 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edward Darrell, Esq rs 



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The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 

Tho s Ferguson Esq r . for Pork for the Navy . .1509. 12- 

M c Culley Righton a Cooperage bill 129. . 15- 



1639.. 7- 
adjourned to next Monday Evens 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 27 th July 1778 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evens. 4 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 29 July 1778. 

Extra Meeting 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Edw d Darrell, Geo Ab l . Hall Tho s Corbett) rs _ 

Josiah Smith John Edwards { 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
An Order of the Privy Councel 

In the Prevy Councel July 28 th 1778 

Ordered that the Overseer of the works at the North end of 
the Town do furnish the Navy Board with such Number of Negroes 
as they may require with a proper person as an Overseer, for finish- 
ing the Ship Yard 

By his Excell c y. the President with 
the advice of the Board 
(Signed) Jn Colcock Sec? P^. O. . 
The Original Served 
on Tho s Butler Overseer 

An Order of the Privy Council 

In the Privy Council 28 th July 1778 

The Board advise that the Commissioners of the Navy be desired to 
furnish & provide a proper Vessel to Carry as a Cartel or Flag of 



Truce 100 prisoners of War to S 1 . Augustine to be got ready as soon 
as possible. By his Excell cy . the President 

Order 11 Accordingly 
(Signed) Jn Colcock Secy Py. O. 

Agreed to send Fifteen Negroes to work at the Ship Yard and Ten 
to Gadsdens wharf to Move the Mahogany lying there belonging to 
the Public with Two white Overseers, One for Each place 

Agreed with Capt". William Phillips in behalf of the Owners 
of the Schooner Call d the Oak Hampton Packet to go as a Cartel or 
Flag of Truce to S* Augustine. The Owners of said Schooner to 
find & furnish a White man and five Negroes ; for which the Com- 
missioners of the Navy agree to Allow the said Owners Forty two 
pounds Currency <$ day, the Vessel to be taken into pay on Friday 
next 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 'oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 3O th July 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Geo Abb 1 . Hall) _ 

v Fsn rs 
Tho s Corbett Edward Darrell J 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
The following Letter was wrote to his Excell cy the president 

Navy Board 3O th July 1778 
Sir. 

The Commissioners of the Navy think it their duty to inform 
your Excellency, That M r . Farrow who went out Pilot of the Brigg 
Comet and escaped from New York, has informed them that Capt n . 
Pines and his Lieu ts are still Confined there as prisoners, and they 
apprehend that the Lieu ts of the Brigg Defence are also still Con- 
fined ; The Commissioners mention this before the Cartel proceeds to 
S 1 . Augustine imagining that Capt ns . Bachop & Osborn with their 
Lieu ts . may (if sent to New York) be Exchanged for the above 
Mentioned Officers And as a Speedy Release of the State officers 
would be an Encouragement to Enter into the Service they recom- 
mend the Consideration thereof to Your Excellency 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 



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The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of Edw d 
Weyman for Guns Twine & Nails dd Comiss y 8863 . . 1 1 . 6 
Jn Calvert for Indico bo*, for the Rattle Snake 8040 . 15. 



[undecipherable] 16904 6 6 
Amo 4 . bro 1 from the Other side [break] 

Sam 1 Paine Jun r . for 57 Gall 8 Tame for y e Navy 7... 399. . . . 
ditto for 498 W . Cordage a 70. for the Notre Dame 348 12. . 
Capt n Jam 5 Briggs Amo*. of his acco*. for Sundrys 
Advanced & Supplies for the Schooner Rattle Snake 1001 . .if . . 
The Trustees for the Rope Walk i Years Rent due 
the I st March Last ordered to be paid by the Clerk 100 



Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 3 d August 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Geo Ab l . Hall Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

M r . Stephen Duval Acquainted the Board that Capt" Ingraham in a 
Schooner had Carried off one of the pilots belonging to the Eagle 
pilot boat notwithstanding they laid said boat in their way in Order 
to take him from on board the said Schooner in Consequence of 

which the following Letter was wrote to M r . William Morgan 

Navy Board 3 d August 1778 
Sir. 

M r . Duval the Pilot having complained to this Board that Cap- 
tain Ingraham in a Schooner belonging to You has carried a way a 
Negroe Pilot ; The Board desire that You will take particular Care 
he be delivered in Charles Town as soon as possible the Law having 
inflicted severe penalties on those who Transgress in that respect 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r . 
To 

M r . William Morgan 



The following Letter of Instructions was wrote to Capt n . [break] 
es Briggs by the first Commissioner and approved of by the board 
this Evening 

Navy Board 3i st . July 1778 
Capt n . James Briggs. 

Sir/ 

With the Schooner Rattlesnake now under 

your Command, the Commissioners of the Navy Direct, that you do 
proceed with all possible Dispatch to the Island of S* Croix, where 
you are to dispose of the Cargoe (Agreable to the Inclosed Invoice 
and bill of lading) for the highest price you can Obtain, and after 
paying the Costomary port charges, and deducting five <P Cent from 
the Sales for your Commission, you are to Invest the Ballance of 
N*. Proceeds in good high proof Rum of which you must be particu- 
larly Careful in the Choice; as Soon as the Cargoe is sold and the 
proceeds shipp'd, you are to proceed with all possible dispatch for 
Charles Town, or some convenient Inlet in the State of South Caro- 
lina. The Commissioners particularly recommend that you keep a 
good look out from the Masthead every hour in the day while at 
Sea, and by every means in your power avoid Speaking with any 
Vessel on either passage; and that you do Strictly Comply with all 
the Rules and Customs of the ports you may go into during the 
Voyage ; that you take on board a Sufficient Quantity of Provissions 
and Stores of every kind to serve the Voyage ; and that you avoid 
going into any Expences whatever on Account of the Vessel more 
than what you are absolutely Obliged to do 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

The Board agreed to go down to the Lighthouse on Thursday 
next at 6 oClock in the Morning and the Two Pilot boats were 
Ordered to attend for that purpose 

The following Order was drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Sam 1 Wells for Lumber Supplyed the Ship Yard 745.7. .p. 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 6 th August 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
John Edwards. Josiah Smith. 

" 

Edward Darrell, Roger Smith, 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 
The Commissioners being prevented (on Acco* of bad weather) from 
going down to the Lighthouse as agreed on Monday last, they 
further agreed to go down on Saturday Morning Next 

The following Order was drawn on the Treasury in Fav r . of v- ~ N 
Capt n . Isaac Harleston for Lumber Supplyed the Ship) 773 . 14 4 

Yard j 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday io th Augs*. 1778 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 13 th Augs 1 . 1778 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock . 



Navy Board Monday 17 th Augs 4 . 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournm 1 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Geo Ab*. Hall, Josiah Smith, Tho s Corbett, 

Edw d Darrell, Geo Smith, Jn Edwards, 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read 
[Break] Letter to the Commissary 

Navy Board Aug*. 17 th 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that the Commissary 
for the Naval Department do Immediately sell at Public Vendue all 
such Bread in his Possession as is not fit for the Service of the 
Navy By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r 

On Saturday the 8 th Ins 4 , the following Commiss rs Edward Blake, 
Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell, John Edwards, Geo Ab*. Hall, & 



Roger Smith. Esq rs according to Appointment went down with the 
Two Pilot Boats, with an Intent to fix on a proper place to Erect a 
Leading Mark for Lawfords Channel but the wind blowing very 
fresh, which caused a great Sea prevented them from accomplishing 
the business . . . 

The Clerk was Ordered to Summon Cap 4 Philip Sullivan to Attend 
the Board on Thursday Evening 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of Wil' 
liam Trusler 5 Beef Acco ts . viz for 
The Notre Dame to the 3i st July . . . .1124. 12. 6 ' 

Notre Dame's Prizes' 278.. 2. 6 

Rattle Snake 105. 7. 6 

Eagle Pilot Boat 130.. 17.. 6 

Tryal Pilot Boat 73. 10 1712. 10 



Cap 1 Isa Caton for M r . Jn Dupey a Ball a due him ) 

from the Brigg Defence V . 160 

Dan 1 Bourdeaux for Flour sold the Commiss r y 1148. . 2 

Jos. Kershaw for Flour sold .... ditto . . . 4802 . . 

M c Culley Righton his Acco* for June & July. . . . 157. . 5 

Will" 1 Sisk 2 d Lieu 4 of the Notre Dame wages due) 

him to the I st June last Ordered to be paid by thej- 331. . 6 8 

Clerk 



8311.. 3 8 
Adjourned to Next Thursday Evens 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thur [break] 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 24 th Augs* 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith George Smith ) rs 
Edw d Darrell Roger Smith ^ 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 



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The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 

Tarlton Brown disbursements for the Beaufort Galley i 141 . 14. 6 
Arch d Gamble for wharfage & Storage on Gadsdens 

wharf 822. 18. 8 
North & Trescot for sundrys Supplyed the Commis- 
sary 675. 7. 6 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 200 



3640. . o. .8 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 27 th Aug 1 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Tosiah Smith George Abb 1 . Hall 
Thomas Corbett Edward Darrell 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 27 th Augs 1 . 1778 
Sir/ 

The first Commissioner having rec d the inclosed Letter from 
Captain Pyne, Late of the Brigg Comet, the Board think it their 
Duty to make Your Excellency Acquainted with it, at the same time 
to recommend, that as we have Actual information of Many Men 
belonging to this State, being confined at New York, a Cartel may 
be sent there as soon as Convenient with the British Prisoners now 
here, to Exchange for Captain Pine, and such other Prisoners of this 
State as may be there. 

ByOrder of the Board Edw d Blake First Comm r 
[Break] Letter to Capt". Hez a . Anthony- 
Navy Board 27 th Ang 1 . 1778 
Capt n Hez Anthony 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy have rec d . 

your Letter of the 19 th Ins 1 , offering to take the Command of the 
New Brigg now Building In Answer thereto they Inform you 
that Capt n Pynes's Services & Sufferings intitle him to a preference 
in the Command of that Vessel, if he should be Exchanged in time, 



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and the Commissioners have some reason to believe that he will, 
but, if he should not, then it will rest with the Commissioners to 
recommend to the Legislature such persons who may offer, as they 
shall think Worthy, and in that case, Captain Anthony may depend 
that his Name shall not be forgot 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss r 
A 2 d Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 27 th Augus 1 . 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Beg Leave to Inform Your 
Excellency, that M r . Paul Pritchard has offered to Sell to them Three 
fourths of the Ship Yard at Hobcaw lately purchased by him from 
Begbie and Manson, together with the Negroes, Land, Timber &. 
Agreeable to the Anexed Schedule, at the Rate of One Hundred and 
Three Thousand six Hundred Pounds for the whole, he to hold the 
Other Fourth, and to Superintend, Manage, Direct, and Engage for, 
and Provide, all Materials for Carrying on Business with Dispatch 
at said Yard, he to receive One Fourth part of the Neat Profits for 
his Trouble, and to Share as an Owner in the remaining three 
Fourths 

The Commissioners are of Opinion that the purchase will be 
Advantageous to the State for the following Reasons 
I st Because M r . Pritchard ("who is to Superintend) is a Man of 
Property, an Experienced Ship Wright, has long had [break] Ship 
Yard, and understands the Management of Negroes, [break] procure 
Timber, Plank, and other Materials for Ship Building with more 
Dispatch, and upon as reasonable Terms as any Person in the State 
2 d Because the Situation at Hobcaw is much better than at Cochrans, 
as the Latter is so near to Town, that the people belonging to the 
Yard, as well as the Sailors belonging to the Vessels do Frequently 
come to Town, get Drunk, and quiet the Service, which may be 
Easily prevented at the former besides there is on the Premwes at 
Hobcaw a great deal of Store room, very Substantial good Wharves 
and Other Conveniences Sufficient to Heave down Three Vessels at 
the same time, Whereas at Cochrans there is scarcely Storage, and 
the wharf will only admit of One Vessel to Heave down at a Time, 
And as there is a Prospect of having Several Frigates as well as 
Other Vessels, in the Service of this State, and it is Probable that 
many Vessels of W r ar belonging to Other States may put into this 
Port to Clean and Repair, The Commissioners of the Navy do recom- 

12. H. c. ' c 



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mend to your Excellency, that said Ship Yard & c be Purchased for 
the use of the State, as the most Convenient, safe and fit place for a 
State Ship Yard 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Ordered that M r . Will" 1 Sisk Late 2 d Lieu*, of the Notre Dame be 
Employed to Superintend the finishing and fitting the New Brigg at 
the State Ship Yard 

M r . Duvall applyed to the Board for a New Suit of Sails for 
the Eagle Pilot Boat The Board thereupon Ordered that the said 
Boat be furnished with a New Suit of Sails immediately 

The following Orders were drawn for on the Treasury in 
favour of 
[Break] for Sundrys Supplyed the Commiss r y Viz 

Notre [Break] for 3 Hh ds . Rum 974 

Rattle Snake for Boards 1751 .. 12 

Flag of Truce for Boards for platforms 58. . 3. 

Ship Yard for Timber 20. . 12 2804. .7 



Beaufort Galley Amo 1 of Pay bill to the 17 th Ins 1 

Inclusive 3276..i..io 

Sam 1 Willason for wages due him from the Notre ^ 

Dame from 2O th Janr^ to the I st June a 21 ^ Mo. . ^ 91 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 3i st August 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Geo Abb 4 . Hall, Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

Sent An Order to Capt n . Robert Cochran to gether with an Extract 
from the Pilotage Law respecting the Powder receiver passed the 
28 th March 1778 viz 1 . 

Navy Board 3i st Aug*. 1778 
Cap 1 . Rob 1 Cochran 

Sir/ 

Please pay to M r - John Calvert (agreeable 
to the above Clause of an Act of Gen 1 Assembly) all such Monies 



as you have received for Powder Money & c . after deducting the 
Commission allowed by the said Act 

To Rob 1 . Cochran Esq r | By Order of the Board 

Powder Receiver ij Edward Blake first Commiss r 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday [break] 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 

Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair 

Thomas Corbett. Edward Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 

Ordered that M r . George Paget Pilot be Summond to attend the 

Board on Monday Evening next 

Ordered that the Clerk do pay Sam 1 Berreman a Marine on board 

the Beaufort Galley Omitted in Pay bill . , 43 . 2 . 6 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 7 th September 1778 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board . . . . . . Thursday io th September 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake. Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Geo Smith, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting were read 

Agreed between the Commissioners & Dan 1 O Neille that the Rope 
Walks Accounts should be Settled by Jn Edwards Esq r Signed by 
Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner & Dan 1 ONeille 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope Walk 1000 

'The Clerk Reported to the Board he had seen- and spoke to 
Cap* Robert Cochran as Powder Receiver relative to the paying the 
Ballance of Powder Money into his "hands he gave for Answer he 
should lay that Matter before the Legislature before he paid any 
Money Out of his hands 

Adjourned to next Monday Evens 4 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 14 Septem r 1778 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 4 O'Clock. 



[Break] Board Thursday 17 th September 1778 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board . '. Friday i8 th September 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Tho s Corbett, Roger Smith, Geo. Smith . . 
Josiah Smith, Jn. Edwards, Edw d Darrell 

The Minutes of last Meeting were read 
A Letter to his Excellency the President. 

Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to Inform your Excel- 
lency that M r . Paul Pritchard has applyed to the Clerk of the Navy- 
Board for an Answer respecting the Purchase of the Three Fourths 
of the Ship Yard (Late Begbie and Mansons at Hobcaw) of which 
your Excellency was Informed before and Acquainted him that he 
Expected an Answer from the Board soon, or that he must do some- 
thing with it, Intimating that he should Offer it to some Private 
Person, The Commissioners therefore beg leave to recommend to 
Your Excellency that said three Fourths of said Ship Yard be pur- 
chased for the use of the State as the Most fit and proper place for a 
State Ship Yard 

The Commissioners of the Navy also beg 

leave to Acquaint your Excellency that several Officers and Seamen 
belonging to the Navy of this State, who have been Captured by the 
Enemy, have returned to Charles Town and Demanded their wages 
to the time of their return, That altho some in like Circumstances 
have been paid by Orders of the Board, Yet they have never seen 
any Law or resolution that directs the pay of such Officers or ( Sea- 
men as are Captured in the Service of this State ; and as the Legis- 
lature is now sitting they have, refused payment to Several who are 
Now in Town The Commissioners therefore zvait your Excellences 
Instructions respecting this Matter, as also whether or not such 



Officers and Seamen are to be continued in the pay of the State 
after their return to Charles Town 

The Commissioners of the Navy also beg leave to Acquaint your 
Excellency that in their Opinion the Beaufort Galley may be Altered 
and made a much better Vessel for the Defence and Service of the 
State than she at present is, by raiseing her deck and running a 
Light waist on her, she may Mount Ten or Twelve Carriage Guns, 
and by rigging her as a Schooner or Brigg she may be Employed 
either as a Guarde de Coste or a Galley The Commissioners of the 
Navy therefore beg leave to recommend to your Excellency that the. 
Beaufort Galley may be Altered Accordingly 

The Commissioners of the Navy also beg leave to Acquaint 
your Excellency that the Law that Constitutes the Navy Board will 
Expire the Eighth day of October next 
Navy Board i8 th Sepf. 1778 By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To His Excellency 
the President 

The Board 'agreed to go down Tomorrow fore- 
noon with the Two Pilot Boats to the Lighthouse to view the Beacon 
Erected and finished as a Leading Mark to the Ship Bar and also to 
fix on a proper spot to Erect a Beacon or Leading Mark for Law- 
fords Channel 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Tho s Screvin 2 Acco ts . for Lumber & Sparrs dd the 
Ship Yard 867. o. 6. 

Tho s Ditchfield i days Rendevouse for Notre Dame 173 ,,17. 6 
Dan 1 Smith Commissary his disbursments to 29 
Augs 1 3913. 14. ii. 



4954,, 12 ii. 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 4 oClock 



[Break] ard Monday 2 I st September 1778 

The Board Met According to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

The Following Commissioners went down on Saturday last as 
agreed on with the Two Pilot Boats to the Lighthouse and viewed 



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the Beacon or Leading Mark Erected and finished as a Guide for 
the Ship Bar and approved of the Same. They also fixed on a proper 
place or Spot to Erect a Beacon or Leading Mark for Lawfords 
Channel 

Edw d Blake Jn Edwards Josiah Smith ) _ 

J J I T?c n rs 

Edw d Darrell Tho s Corbett Geo Abb 1 . Hall Geo Smith J 
The following Letter was wrote to Rob* Cochran Esq r Powder 
receiver 

Navy Board September 2i st 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy in a Letter of 3 I st August 
desired that you would pay all such monies as you had received for 
Powder Money & c . after deducting the Commissions allowed you 
by Law into the hands of M r . John Calvert, which you did not then 
Comply with, The Commissioners therefore Direct that you do pay 
Into the hands of said Calvert on or before -next Thursday all such 
Monies you have received on that Account 

By Order of the Board 

To Robert Cochran Esq r 1 Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Powder Receiver ( 

The following Advertisement was Ordered to be put in Timothys, 1 
Crouches, 2 and Wells's 3 Gazettes viz* 

All persons having demands against the Commissioners of the Navy 
of this State are desired to deliver them in properly attested to the 
Clerk of the Navy Board on or before the 8 th day of October next 
Charles Town 21 st Septem 1 ". 1778 By Order of the Board 

John Calvert Clerk 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
John [Break] Erecting Beacon for the Ship Bar 2656. . . .- 
[Break] djourned to Next Thursday Evening 4 oClock 



Extra Meeting Navy Boa[break] Tuesday 22 Sep [break] 

The Board Met According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r - first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Geo Smith Edw d Darrell Tho s Corbett Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting were read 

1 Peter Timothy: The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina. 

2 Mrs. Ann Crouch : The Charlestown Gazette. 

3 John Wells, Jr. : The South-Carolina and American General Gazette. 



N i. A Note from his Excellency the president to the first Com- 
miss r 

The President presents his Compliments to M r Blake w d . be 
glad he \v d turn in his mind some plan for Taking the Little Priva- 
teer that hovers about our Inlets it is Sugested to me that the 
Pilot boats well Manned Assisted by some Barges w d Certainly take 
her in her lurking place at Bulls Where she may pick up some of 
our Vessels it is realy Disgraceful! to let such a thing go unpun- 
ished and the president wou d be very glad to Concur in any plan 
for her Captivity. . . . Thursday Morning 

Edward Blake Esq r . to his Excellency the President in Answer to 
the Above Note N i 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to his Excellency the Presi- 
dent and is of Opinion that the Large pilot boat with Twenty five 
Men is Sufficient to take the privateer (said to be now Lurking at 
Bulls) but as it would be Imprudent to run any risque when we 
have sufficient force to send E B. would recommend that the small 
pilot boat with 15 or 20 Men be sent in Company with the Other 
if his Excellency should Direct the Boats to be sent he may depend 
E B will do Every thing in his power to forward their going away 
this Evening Some Men from the Regiments will be wanted 
N 2 His Excellency the President to Edward Blake Esq r . 

The President will be very glad M r . Blake will take every 
Method to secure Success the Weather being a little boisterous 
will probably detain the Rogue in at Bulls where she may be 
Nabbed 
[Break] Blake Esq rs . Answer to the Note N 2 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to his Excellency 
and begs Leave to Acquaint him that the Commiss rs of the Navy (in 
his Opinion) has no right to send the pilot boats anywhere out of 
the Pilotage without an Order from his Excellency for so doing, 
the Commissioners will therefore be Obliged to his Excellency for 
his Direction respecting the sending the Pilot Boats in Quest of the 
Privateer Supposed to be at Bulls in the meantime the Necessary 
Orders will be given to the Commissary to Supply what Stores may 
be wanted 

N 3 His Excellency the president to the Commissioners of the 
Navy 
Gentlemen 

As I have Certain Intelligence that a Small Vessell of 
very Little force has been lurking about our Inlets and have taken 



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Several of our Coasters, and that she may Easily be taken by our 
Pilot boats properly Manned I do therefore desire and require 
you will Order them to be Equiped and properly Manned, in order 
to go in quest of her to Bulls Island or any other Inlet where she 
may be Lurking, and to Cause her to be taken and bro 1 . into port 
I have requested Gen 1 How to aid us with a party of the Troops 
which will render the Success of the Expedition more Certain It 
will be necessary that the Boats are well assured of their superiority 
before they Venture too far and that they be Cautious to Secure a 
Retreat 

(Signed) Raw 3 Lowndes 
To the Commissioners j 22 d Sept r . 1778 

of the Navy j 

N 4 His Excellency the president to the Commiss rs of the 
Navy 

The President having had the Concurrence of the Council in 
the proposition of sending the Pilot Boats after the small privateer 
beg the Commissioners will Expedite the Boats on that Errand the 
president will give a Commission to the principle Pilot 

Friday Evening 
A Letter to M r Stephen Dura//. 
M r . Duvall 

Sir/ 

You are directed by the Commissioners of the Navy 
Board Immediately to take on board the Eagle Pilot Boat Provis- 
sions and Water for Twenty five Men for Three days, and all such 
Stores and Ammunition as may be wanted for said Boat and to have 
the Eagle Pilot boat in readiness to proceed to Sea this Evening 
Sept r . 22 d . by Order of the Board 

To Cap*. Stephen Duvall Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 ". 

A Letter to M r . Alexander Elsinore 
M r . Elsinore 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you 
do Immediately take on board the Tryal Pilot Boat Provissions and 
water Sufficient for Twenty Men for Three days and all such Stores 
and Ammunition as may be wanted for said Boat and to have the 
Tryal Pilot boat in Readiness to proceed to Sea this Evening 
Sept r . 22 d 1778 By Order of the Board 

To Alexander Elsinore Edw d Blake first Commiss r 



A Letter to the Commissary 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do furnish 
M r . Duvall and M r . Elsinore with Sufficient Provissions, water, 
Stores, and Ammunition for a Cruize of Ten days for the two Pilot 
Boats Eagle and Tryal 
Sept r . 22 d 1778 
To the Commissary of the Naval Department 

A Letter to his Excellency the president 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to remind your Excel- 
lency that on the 27 th Augs* they Informed your Excellency that 
Several of the Officers and Men belonging to the Navy of this State 
were detained on board the Prison Ship at New York as prisoners 
of War, and that they apprehend Captains Bachop and Osborn with 
their Officers would be taken in Exchange for Officers of Equal 
rank belonging to the Navy of this State since which a M r . Frisbie 
Late First Lieu*, of the Notre Dame Captured in a Prise Ship has 
been set at Liberty on Parole till the first of January Next at which 
time he will be Obliged to return .unless before Exchanged the Com- 
missioners of the Navy therefore beg that your Excellency will be 
pleased to Establish some Certain plan for the Exchange of such 
prisoners as are Captured in the Service of the State in preferance 
to those taken in Merchant Vessels By Order of the Board 

Sept r 22 d 1778 Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

To 

His Excellency the president 

Instructions for Cap*. Stephen Duvall 
Navy Board 22 d Sept r . 1778 
Cap 1 Stephen Duvall 

Sir/ 

With the Eagle pilot boat under your 

Command you are to proceed with all possible dispatch to Bulls 
Inlet in Quest of a small privateer Schooner which if you are so 
lucky to Meet there you are to Endeavour to take and bring to 
Charles Town, But should she not be there when you Arrive the 
Commissioners recommend that you Endeavour by every means in 
your power to Inform yourself which way they are gone If to the 
Northward that you pursue her as far as George Town Inlet and no 
Farther, Unless the Vessel is Actually in Sight If to the South- 
ward that you look into every Inlet as far as Port Royal and after 
Scouring the Coast so far, if no Certain Intelligence where you 



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may find her, You are to return to Charles Town The Tryal pilot 
Boat Cap 1 . Elsinore is ordered to Sail with you, and to Obey all 
such Orders as you may give him during the Cruize the Commis- 
sioners recommend that you pay particular attention to, and keep a 
good harmony between your oww Men and the Officers and Men of. 
the Detachment on board both Boats and that you be very particular 
in your directions to Cap 1 Elsimore so as to prevent a separation of 
the two Boats By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commissioner 
To Cap 1 Stephen Duvall - 
Commanding the Eagle Pilot Boat 

Instructions for Alexander Elsinore 

Navy Board 22 d Sept 1 ". 1778 
M r . Alex r . Elsinore 

Sir/ 

The Tryall Pilot boat under your direction 

being ordered in Company with the Eagle Pilot boat to proceed to 
Bulls Inlet in Order to find out Attack and take a small privateer 
Enemy on the Coast, you are to prepare your boat with all possible 
expedition to proceed to Sea Tomorrow morning under the Com- 
mand of M r . Stephen Duvall of the Eagle, and you are to Obey such 
Instructions and Signals as he shall give you, taking care not to 
Separate from him without Orders 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To 

M r . Alex r Elsinore 
Commanding the Tryall Pilot Boat 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 24 th Sept r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournm* 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read 

The Board Agreed with M r . John Gaborial to Erect a Beacon or 
leading Mark for Lawfords Channel of the following Dementipns 
Viz. the Pole or Mast to be Seventy five feet High and Eighteen 
Inches Diameter with a Lanthorn or Grateing on the Top of Thir- 



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teen feet by Ten to be finished According to Agreement for Three 

Thousand Three Hundred & forty four pounds ^3344 

An Order on M r Dan 1 ONeille at the State Rope Walk 

Navy Board 24 th Sept r . 1778 
M r Dan 1 ONeille 

Sir/ 

Please deliver to M r . Dan 1 Smith or his Order 

on Sight Eight Empty Tar Barrels for the use of the Naval Depart- 
ment By Order of the Board 
To M r . Dan 1 ONeille \ Edw d Blake first Comimss r 
at the State Rope walk ^ 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r - of 

Henry Lindowre for Baking for the Navy 1850. .6 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



The following Advertisement was Ordered to be [break] 
All persons having demands against the Commissioners of the Navy 
of this State, are desired to deliver them in properly attested to the 
Clerk of the Navy Board on or before the 8 th day of October next 
By order of the Board. John Calvert Clerfc. 

Navy Board Monday 28 th Sept r . 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Edw d Darrell Tho s Corbett Geo Abb*. Hall Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting were read 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Thursday I st October 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell John Edwards Esq rs . 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
A Letter to Cap 1 . Will Hall 

Navy Board I 3t ,, October 1778. 
Capt". Will Hall 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that 
you do attend the Board this Evening at Seven oClock & bring with 



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you the Log Book for the last Cruize and such Orders as you may 
have received from Commodore Gillon since you left Charles Town 
and that you do deliver to the Clerk of the Board Returns of all 
the Stores Expended during your late Cruize properly Signed and 
Certified also Indents from all Your Warrant Officers of such stores 
as is wanted for the Brigg Notre Dame to fitt her Out for Another 

Cruize 

* By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
To Cap*. W m Hall Commanding | 
the Brigg Notre Dame ^ 

Capt n . Will m Hall attended the Board and brought with him his 
Log Book and his Orders from Commodore Gillon 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board . ' . ... Monday 5 th Octob r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Abb* Hall Tosiah Smith Edw d Darrell) 

> Eso rs 

Roger Smith John Edwards ------ ( 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

A Letter was wrote to Cap* William Hall by the first Commiss r and 
One to M r David Edgar dated the 3 d Ins 1 , and approved off this 
Evening which is as follows 
Cap*. William Hall 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Imediately Carry the Brigg Notre Dame [break] Ship Yard 
and have her Cleaned and put in good repair with all possible Dis- 
patch to proceed on a Cruize and that you do not suffer your Men 
to. leave the Vessel on any pretence without leave from yourself or 
the Commanding Officer on Board, and that you do give your possi- 
tive Orders that no Officer leave the Vessel in the day, or Sleep out 
of her one Night without leave, and that you do furnish the Board 
(by Monday next) with regular Returns of all Stores Expended 
during your Late Cruize, as well as of all received on board, and 
what remains in the possession of the different Warrant Officers, 
and that proper Indents be made for all such Stores as may be 



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wanted for the next Cruize and deliver them to the Clerk of the 
Board by Thursday next By Order of the Board 

Edward Blake first Commiss r . 
To Cap 1 . Will Hall Commanding 

the Brigg Notre Dame 

A Letter to M r . David Edgar 

Navy Board Oct r . 3 d 1778 
M r . David Edgar 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board direct 
that the Brigg Notre Dame be Cleaned and put in good and 
Sufficient Repair to proceed on a Cruize, with all possible dispatch 

By Order of the Board 
Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 
To M r . David Edgar at 
the State Ship Yard 

A Settlement was made between the Commissioners of the 
Navy and Dan 1 ONeille Rope maker at the State rope walk to the 
First of June last when a Ballance appeared to be due from Dan 1 
ONeille to the Commissioners of Eleven Hundred and Forty four 
pounds two Shillings and Three pence half penny, Two Coppys of 
the Settlement made and Signed by the first Commissioner and the 
said Dan 1 ONeille One Copy delivered to the Commissioners and 
the Other Coppy to Dan 1 ONeille due the State 1144.2.3^ 
Cap 1 William Hall attended the Board & delivered Returns from the 
Warrant officers of the Brigg Notre Dame, 
The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 3000 - 

John Gaborial in part for Erecting Beacons 1000 - 

Stephen Duvall the Eagles pay bill to the 4 th 
Ins 1 945 - 

ditto for Disbursements for ditto. . . . 101.15 

- 1045 IS- 
Joseph Darling Making and Mending Sails 

for the Notre Dame 4 Acco ts . . . . 662 .2.6 

for the Beaufort Gaily! 69 - 

for the Brigg Polly 86 - 

817. . 2..6 



5863. 17.6. 
adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board - - Thursday 8 th October 1778 

adjourned to next Monday Evening- 6 oClock 



Extra Meeting 

Navy Board Friday 9 th October 1778 

The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
John Edwards Geo A Hall j _, r , 
Josiah Smith Edw d Darrellj q ' 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

I have this Morning received 1 Intelligence from M r Motte of 
the Capture of his Schooner by two small Vessels lying at Bulls 
which if Suffered to remain there will greatly Annoy the Trade 
I therefore desire the favour you will Consult the Navy Board and 
Endeavour to send out some Vessel of Force Sufficient to take them 
as you know better than I do the Situation and Circumstances of 
the Vessels in Harbour, it is unnecessary for me to name any par- 
ticulars If any further Orders are Necessary from me from time 
to time you shall receive them with whatever Assistance I can Con- 
tribute being 

Sir Your Most Obed* Serv 1 . 

(Signed) Raw 8 Lowndes 
To Edw d Blake Esq r 

A Note from the first Commissioner to his Excellency the Presid 1 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to his Excellency the 

President and Acquaints him that M r - Livingston has offered 'the 

Continental Sloop Missapotamia which is now ready to Sail with 

"near Forty Men on board, as a few Marines will be usefull Your 

Excellency will please send an Order for Fifteen with an Officer, 

also a pass for said Sloop to the Forts 

To By Order of the Board 

His Excellency the presid 1 . Edward Blake first Commiss 1 " 

9 th . October 1778 

N. B. if your Excellency think proper to Order the Large 
Pilot Boat to go also, and will direct a party of Twelve Marines and 
an Officer, she mav Sail this afternoon and be usefull 



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A Letter to M r . Duvall 
M r . Stephen Duvall 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct 

that you Immediately send on board the Continental Sloop Missapo- 
tamia Cap 1 . Briggs. a good and Sufficient Pilot to go to Bulls, in 
Quest of two Small Boat Privateers now lying there 

By Order of the Board 

To M r . Stephen Duvall ) Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Oct r . 8 th -J 

A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

I think it will insure Success if the Large Pilot Boat is sent out 
with the Sloop as she may cut them of in their attempt to Escape 
Taking care to avoid Superior force I will immediately go to the 
General to Obtain an Order for a party to go on board each as you 
desire and will send it to you with an Order to pass the Eorts 

Your Obed 1 . serv 1 . 

To (Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

Edw d Blake Esq r Friday Morning 

Instructions to Cap 1 . Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board Octob r 9 th 1778 
Cap 1 Stephen Duvall 

Sir 

With the Eagle Pilot boat now under your 

Command you are to proceed with all possible Dispatch in Company 
with the Sloop Missapotamia Cap 1 . Briggs in Quest of two Small 
privateer Boats said to be at Bulls, and by every means in your 
power Endeavour to take or distroy them The Commissioners of 
the Navy Recommend that you Endeavour all in your power to Cul- 
tivate Harmony and Friendship between your own people and the 
Continental Troops which go with you and that you always keep 
your Vessel Clear, and in good Order to Engage that you keep a 
Regular Watch of one half of the Troops, as well as boats Crew as 
well at anchor as under Sail, to prevent being Surprised by an 
Enemy and that you Continue to Cruize for Four days from the time 
you leave Cha s Town Barr in such Station as to you appears most 
promising of Success unless the Sloop should return sooner in that 
Case you have Liberty to return also 

By Order of the Board 

To Cap 1 Stephen Duvall ^ Edward Blake first Commiss r 

Command 8 the Pilot boat Eagle ( 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 12 th October 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Geo A Hall Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury, in [break] 
William Glen Jun r : for Live Oak Timber for the 
ship Y d 87.. 15 - 
Sam 1 Payne for 364 Gall 8 Taffie sold the Commis- 
sary a 7, ,5. 2639 

Dan 1 Smith Commissary his disbursments. .'. .- . 1812. 8. .9. 
M c Culley Righton his Acco 1 . for Coupering Pork 

& 639,, 5 

Frances Boyd widow of James Boyd for wages | 

due him on board the Brigg Notre Dame \ 

Edw d Darrell former Commiss ry his acco 1 of Dis- 
bursments 683 14. . 3 
Peter Dumont a Rendevouze Acco 1 for the Notre 
Dame 2004 - 

Jn. Gaborial for 2 Battoes and work at Ship Yard. 328 

Cath a Harvey hire of 2 Negroes at Ship Yard to 

30 th Sept r .. 374.. 

Will Trusler for 3 Beef Acco ts . viz 

Tryall Pilot Boat 265.10. 

Eagle Pilot Boat 312. 7.6 

Beaufort Gaily 273. 7.6. 

851-- 5 



M c Kemmey & Savior a Couperage bill J 398 ,, 12. 6 



10,898 ,, 10 6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 15 th October 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Geo Smith, Edw d Darrell, Roger Smith 
Josiah Smith Geo Abb'- Hall. . . . 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of] 
Edw d Weyman io th June 1777. for Bread Supplyed the ^307 
Navy which has been Omitted to be Charged before . . . j 



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Ordered that M r . Abell Frisbe go on board the Notre Dame 
and Act as first Lieu*, on board the same 

Ordered that the Tryall pilot Boat be Immediately sent to the 
Ship Yard to be repaired 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Xavy Board Monday ip*' 1 ,, October 1778. 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards, Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 

The following Letter was wrote by the first Commissioner Yester- 
day and Approved of by the Board this Evening 

Xavy Board Octob r i8 th 1778 
M r M c Culley Righton Sir 

The Commissioners of the Xavy Board 

Direct that you do Immediately Collect together all the Boats, Flatts 
Peteaugus & c . Belonging to this State as well such as are at Sulli- 
vants Island, Haddrels Point, & Fort Johnson, as them in Charles 
Town, and have them all Cleaned and put in good repair, fitt and 
ready for Service on the Shortest Notice, and that you do Purchase 
a Sufficient X T umber of Oars and have in Constant readiness for all 
the Boats & c 

By Order of the Board 

To M r . M c Culley Righton | Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Public Boat Keeper ( 

A Letter to M r : .David Edgar- 
Navy Board 19 th Oct r . 1778 
M r . Edgar Sir/ 

Please have a Boat belonging to the Public and 
sent you by M r . Doughty Immediately put in good repair, and 
Please Enquire at the Yard about a Grapnall & Cable said to be 

Lost out of said boat when last at the Ship Yard 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Note to Abraham Livingston Esq r 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board Present their Complyments 
to M r . Livingston and are ready to receive the Papers respecting 
the Hobcaw Ship Yard and make payment as soon as duly Executed 
Oct r 19 th 

13. H. C. 



i 9 4 

Navy Board 19 th Oct r . 1778 

Ordered that the Commissary do furnish the Tryal Pilot boat with 
a New Jib Stay, Main Shrouds & Blocks 

Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Ordered that all such Provission in the Commissarys Charge as is 
not fitt for Service be sold at Vendue 

Edw d Blake 
The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of 

The Clerk of this Board his 2 Years Sallery to the) .. 

, rv , (,7102. 15. o. 

12 Ins*, and Disbursements \ 

Ed\v d Blake for so much paid John Connor Late) 
Mate of the Rattle Snake on Acco 1 of wages ^ 

Abel Frisbe first Lieu 1 , of the Notre Dame his and) 

1 -r T-> f 945 

his Two Boys wages ^ 

Rob 1 - Raper Ball ce . due him for Negroe hire at the) 

' 122 IO 

State Ship Yard filling in the wharf 



Alex r . Elsinore for the Tryall pilot boat Pay Bill to^ ,. 

the 13 th Ins 1 1 

Geo Layfield for Schooner hire assisting the Gen 1 ) 
Moultrie when A Shore on the Barr. ( 



9301 9 ,,9. 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 22 d October 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 

The following Commissioners went to Hobcaw Yesterday 
in Order to take possession of the Ship Yard Negroes & c but was 
prevented by reason some Alterations were to be made in the Titles... 
George Abbott Hall, Tho s ,, Corbett, George Smith Esq rs ,, 

An Order from the Privy Council 
In the Prevy Council Wednesday 2i st October 1778 
The Board advised his Excellency to direct the Commissioners of 
the Navy to Issue Orders to the Pilots to bring all Flaggs of Truce 
or Cartels to an Anchor in Five Fatham Hole or off Morris's Island, 



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and then to give immediate Notice of their Arrival to the Command- 
ing Officer at Fort Moultrie 

By his Excellency the President 

Ordered Accordingly, 
(Signed) John Colcock Sec*. P*. O 
A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Gentlemen/ 

As Flaggs of Truce frequently of late Arrive in 
this Harbour from the Enemy, which under Various pretences may 
probably have some Secret designs of gaining Inteligence or Mak- 
ing Discoveries of our Situation, It behoves us to defeat all such 
plans and Stratagems by restricting them to such a Station, and 
taking such Other Measures as will prevent their doing us any Hurt, 
You will therefore be pleased to give Orders to the Several Pilots, 
whenever a Flagg of Truce is brought in, that they Cause her to 
come to Anchor either in Five fatham Hole or near Morris's Island, 
and then forthwith give Notice thereof to the Commanding Officer 
at Fort Moultrie, who is directed to send a Guard on board, if it is 
necessary- the Pilots should also be Ordered to Assist in puting the 
Guard on board, In every such Case the Pilots should immediately 
make report to me. I Likewise desire that Orders may be given 
to the Pilots to Inform every Master of Vessell whom they Bring 
into this Port, that by Law they are required to wait on the Govern 1 ", 
and Commander in Chief, as for want of this knowledge, they 'often 
incur a Penalty, which they would otherwise Avoid 

I am Gentlemen 

Cha s Town 22 d Oct r . 1778 Your Most Obed'. hum e . Serv' 

The Commiss rs ,, of the Navy} (Signed) Raw 8 Lowndes 

A Letter to M r Stephen Duvall 
M r . Stephen Duvall 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that 

you do bring to Anchor Either in five Fatham Hole, or under Mor- 
ris's Island, Every Cartel or Flagg of Truce, that may be bound 
into the Port of Charles Town, and that you do not on any pretence 
whatever bring any such Vessel Nearer to Fort Moultrie then above 
Directed, and as soon as Anchored and properly Moored you are to 
Acquaint the Commanding Officer at Fort Moultrie who is derected 
to send a Guard on board all such Vessels which Guard you are 
directed to Carry on board in the Pilot boat if required so to do by 



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said Officer, and Immediately after proceed to Charles Town and 
Acquaint his Excellency the president 

You are likewise Directed to Inform Every Master of Vessels 
that you may bring into this port, that by Law they are required to 
wait on the Govern 1 ", or Commander in Chief as soon as they Arrive 
Otherwise they are Liable to pay a Penalty 

By Order of the Board 

To Cap 1 Stephen Duvall Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

A Copy of the foregoing Letter was delivered to M r Alex r . Elsinore 
Commanding the Tryall Pilot Boat 
A Letter to M r . David Edgar 
M r . David Edgar 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do with all possible dispatch repair and put in good Order all 
such boats belonging to the Public as may be sent to the Yard by 
M r . M c Culley Righton, as well as all such boats, Batteaus & c . as 
may be at the Yard, that they may be ready for Service on the 
Shortest Notice 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
Octob 1 " 22 d 1778 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in favour of 
Nath 1 Havens his Acco 1 . against the Men on board] . ,, 

the Comet. Ballance to be deducted ( " 

John Rose for hire of his Schooner Oakhampton as] 
a Cartel to & from S 1 Augustine 46 days a 42 |> 1932 - 
^day J 

Cap 1 Ja s Mayberry his disbursements for the Beau- 
fort Gaily 446 - 
Lieu 4 Steph" Hopkins for wages due him on board] 
the Notre Dame to the i6 th Ins 1 318 - 



4262 14. 9 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday 26 th October 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Geo A Hall Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 



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The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury for in fav r of 
Cap* James Mayberry a Qua 1 ". Cask of Rum 2j l /2 Gallsl 
Purchased at S 1 Marys for the use of the Beaufort I 770 

Galley a 28 ^ Gallon J 

Thomas Buckle for Sail Duck & Twine dd Commiss ry . 1378 
Jona n Sarrazin for Sail Duck dd Commissary 720 



John Smith for Sail Duck dd ditto l &75 

Dan 1 Bourdeaux Sail Duck dd ditto 2800 - 

Abell Frisbee One Month wages due him as first J 

Lieu*, of the Notre Dame to the 2O th Ins*. .....( ^ 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock. 



Navy Board Thursday 29*. Octo r . 1.778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Geo A Hall Esq rs 

M r . . Paul Pritchard Attended the Board and Executed Titles to the 
Commissioners of the Naval Department of Three Fourths of the 
Ship Yard & c . at Hobcaw late Begbie and Mansons, and a Bill of 
Sale for Fifteen Negroes Also His Agreement for .his Performance 
as Director and Manager of said Yard 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of Abra m Levings- 
ton Esq r . and Paul Pritchard being for the Purchase of Three 
Fourths parts of the Ship Yard at Hobcaw with the Negroes and 
Appurtenances thereon for the use of the State of South Carolina 

^77Joo 

Agreed that the New Brigg at the State Ship Yard be Called 

the Wasp 

Agreed that the Commissioners go to Hobcaw on Saturday 

Next to Receive and Take possession of the Ship Yard, Negroes 

& c . in the name of the State 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 2 d November 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards, Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 



198 

Orders was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of 
Will m Hatch wages due him on board the Brigg Fair) 
American to the I st Sept r Last: 

Philip Gemble wages due him on board the Fair 
American to the I st Sept r last 



175 



The following Commissioners went to Hobcaw on Saturday Last as 

agreed on and took possession of the ship yard Negroes & c . in the 

Name of the State Viz Edw d Blake Josiah Smith & Geo Smith Esq rs . 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6. O'Clock 



Navy Board Thursday $ th ,, Novcm r . . 17/8. 

The Board Meet According to adjournment * 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair 

Edw d Darrell Geo A Hall Roger Smith Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r of Dan 1 ) 

i2OOO 

ONeille for the use of the Rope walk ^ 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 9 th Novem r . 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjonrnm* 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Geo Ab 4 . Hall, Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Roger Smith, Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 

The Following Letter was wrote by the first Commissioner to his 
Excellency the President and approved off by the Board this Even- 
ing 

Navy Board Novemb r . 6 th . 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board Beg Leave to Inform 
your Excellency, that some time past, Capt n - James Pyne and Lieu* 
Wells Late of the Brigg Comet returned to Charles Town from 
their Captivity, as did also Lieu* Will m Sesk of the Notre Dame, 
(who had been Captured in a Prize) on their Arrival here the Com- 



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missioners Directed them to look after the finishing and fiting of 
the New Brigg now Building at the State Ship Yard said Brigg 
being now near Ready to be Launched The Commiss rs of the 
Navy Board beg leave to recommend to your Excellency Cap*. 
James Pyne as a fitt and proper person to Command said Brigg, and 
M r . Wells and M r . Sesk as fitt and proper persons for Lieutenants 
for said Brigg 

To His Excellency | By Order of the Board 

the President ^ Edward Blake, F [break] 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 
Gentlemen/ 

As I have not been favoured with the perusal of the 
Deeds for Conveying the Ship Yard at Hobcaw to the public either 
before or since the Execution, And Indeed did not know what was 
done in the Matter, till by mere Accident two days ago And as 
it is probable I may be Called upon to know something of that 
Transaction, and should not Chuse to remain totally Ignorant in an 
affair that was refered to my Direction I should be very glad to 
be favoured with the Sight of the Deeds, if it will not give the Com- 
missioners too much trouble I am Gentlemen 

Your very Hbl e Serv* 

Cha s Town ) (Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes*-" 

6 th Nov r . 1778 ] 

To the Commissioners ) 
of the Navy Cha s Town \ 

Cap*. Tho s Pickerin and Joseph Foster's Letters was Laid before 
the Board by M r . William Downs and agreed to be Considered at a 
future Meeting 

A Letter to His Excellency the President 

Navy Board Q th Novem r . 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board beg leave to Acquaint your 
Excellency of the Arival of the Schooner Rattle Snake, with a 
Cargoe of Ten Hh ds of Rum Four Pipes of Maderia Wine, and a 
Quantity of six qua". Cloths, as the Cloth and wine are Articles not 
wanted for the Naval Department, The Commissioners beg your 
Excellencys Directions, how they are to be disposed of and in what 
Manner the Schooner Rattle Snake is to be Employed after Land- 
ing her present Cargoe 
To By Order of the Board 

His Excellency ) Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

the president 



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The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of 

Tho s Hutchinson Esq r . for Pork Supplyed the Com- 

miss r y ^777 7- 6 

Jona n Sarrazen for Blocks Supplyed ditto 1337 - 

Lieu 1 . Will ra Sesk wages due him to the I st Ins* 459 



2573- 7- 6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Even g 6 oClock. 



Navy Board Thursday 12 th Novem 1 " 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board ....... May i6 th Novemb r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r - in the Chair 

John Edwards Edw d Darrell Roger Smith Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 
Gilbert Calm for wages due him on board the 
Brigg polly ........................ 

James Williams wages due him from the Brigg 
Comet .......................... 

Jacob Boomer Beef Supplied the State Ship Yard] 
to the 3 i-t October ...................... \ l 

John Calvert the Notre Dames pay bill to the 2 



287 9 4. 
270.. 13. 4. 



October being 4 Months .................. 



^7735 >, 15- 2 ~ 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 19 th Novem r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell John Edwards Roger Smith Esq rs . . 
The Minutes of last Meeting ivere read. 



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A Letter to M r . . M c Culley Righton 

Navy Board Novem r 19 th 1778 
M r M c Culley Righton 

Sir/ 

The President Yesterday Informed me 

that Several of the Boats belonging to the State, Still remain at 
Sullivants Island altho you have been frequently Directed by the 
Commissioners of the Navy Board, to have all the Public Boats 
Carried to the State Ship Yard, to be put in good repair I am 
realy sorry I am Obliged to say that the public Business has been 
Neglected in your Department, as if the Orders of the Board had 
been Complied with, it is probable Every Boat belonging to the State 
would at this time be fitt for Imediate Service The Commissioners 
of the Navy Board Again Direct that you do have all the Boats 
belonging to the Public of this State Collected together and Sent to 
the State Ship Yard at Hobcaw, with all possible dispatch, and that 
said boats be put in good repair so as to be fitt for any Imediate 
Service, And that you do send a boat and hands to the State Yard 
at Cochrans for the Large Flatt and have her Imediately Carried to 
Fort Johnson to take in some Cannon for Sullivants Island 
To M r . M c Cully Righton | By Order of the Board 

public Boat Keeper. . ( Edward Blake first Commiss r 

M r . M c Culley Righton attended the Board and Acquainted the 
Commissioners he should decline Acting as Public Boat keeper at the 
End of this Month 

The following Advertizement was Ordered to be printed and 
One Hundred Hand Bills Struck viz 

The Commissioners of the Navy are in want of a proper Per- 
son as Public boat Keeper, any person properly Qualified are 
desired to apply in writing Directed to the Commissioners of the 
Navy and deliver the same to 

Charles Town ) * John Calvert Clerk to the Navy board 

19 Novem r 1778 \ 

An Order was given to M c Cully Righton on David Edgar, at the 
State Ship Yard to deliver the public boats when repared and called 
for by him 

An Order to the Commissary ' 

Navy Board 19 th Novem r . 1778 

The Commissary to Provide Twenty Bar [break] of Beef Fifty 
Barrels of Flower and what Canvass may be wanted for the Two 
Brigantines 



2O2 

To M r . Dan 1 Smith ) By Order of the Board 

. Naval Commissary \ Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

The Board agreed this Evening that the New Brigg at the State 
Ship Yard now ready to Launch be Called the Hornet and not the 
Wasp as was some time ago agreed on 
The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in fav r - of 

Fred k Long wages due him on board the Comet ^35 

Smith & Darrell for Sail Duck Supplied the Commiss ry 1198. 2.6 

Sam 1 Payne for Cordage Supplied. ditto. . 532.17.6. 

Henry Lindoure for Baking & flower for ditto 1870 



^3951 
Adjourned to next Monday Evens 6. oClock 



Navy Board Monday 23 d Novem 1 ". 1778 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 'OClock 



Navy Board Tuesday 24 th Novem r 1778 

The Board Mett according to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of Cap 1 William 
Hall for the purpose of Enlisting Men for the Notre Dame for five 
Hundred Dollars 1 or. .812. .10. . 2 



A Note to his Excellency the President 

t 2O th Novem r . 1778 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to his Excellency the presi- 
dent and Acquaints him that the Notre Dame may be ready to pro- 
ceed on any service in the Course of Ten days provided Cap 1 . Hall 
can get her Manned, the Usual method of geting Seamen for the 
Navy of this State has been by Opening a House of Rendevouze, 
which has been lately attended with a very great Expence Say from 

1 Spanish milled dollars, not United States money. 
2 Currency of South Carolina. 



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Eighty to one Hundred pounds ^ Man, The Commissioners of the 
Navy are of Opinion if the Bounty was advanced to half that sum 
Men might be Inlisted for a Longer time then they have Usually 
been, but as the Bounty (for Seamen) Allowed by Law is Ten 
Pounds, some of the Commissioners are off Opinion that Bounty 
Cannot be Advanced without an Order from your Excellency, and 
as no time should be lost in getting said Vessell Mann' d the Commis- 
sioners of the Navy Board will be glad of your Excellencys Direc- 
tions as Soon as possible 

To his Excellency the president 

His Excellency's Answer to the Above 
Gentlemen 

The State of Georgia being now Invaded by a Land 
force from East Florida, and also threatned with an Armament by 
Sea, it behoves us to give her our utmost Aid and Assistance to 
Deliver her from her present perilous Situation, and we have 
Accordingly promised that we will exert ourselves for that pur- 
pose You are therefore desired to use your Utmost Diligence and 
Endeavours to fitt out and Equip such a Force as in the present 
Situation can be procured, and to Man and furnish them in the 
best Manner you possibly can for sea in a warlike Manner, Giving a 
Bounty of Twenty Dollars ^ Man to Every able Seaman who will 
Inlist for the Servi [break] And promising the Owners of such Yes- 
sells as you shall take up, that the public will make good all damages 
or Losses that may be Sustained while they are in the public Ser- 
vice The said Vessels to be Employed in the Defence of Georgia, 
and to be dispatched with the utmost Expedition for the purpose and 
to Oppose any Naval Armament that may be Employed against that 
State You are requested to take the most Speedy and Effectual 
measures to Accomplish this Service And also to fitt out and 
prepare for the same purpose the States Vessells the Notre Dame 
and Rattle Snake, and to appoint such Commanders as you shall 
Judge most proper to give Effect and Success to the Expedition 
And you are desired to Call for the Aid and Assistance of all per- 
sons well disposed to the service of this State to furnish such Arti- 
cles and Necessarys as may be wanting for furnishing and Supply- 



204 

ing the said Vessels with what may be wanted to fitt them for Sea, 
what Cannot otherwise be Obtained 

I am Gentlemen 
Your Obed'. Serv*. 

Cha s Town (Signed) Raw 8 Lowndes 

Council Chamber . 
22 d Nove r . 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board 
A Letter to Cap* William Hall 

Navy Board 23 d Novem 1 " 1778 
Cap' Will" 1 Hall 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy direct that you 
do with all possible Dispatch get the Brigg Notre Dame fitted and 
Manned to proceed on an Expedition to Georgia, and that no delay 
may happen for want of Seamen the Commissioners Direct that you 
do Open a House of Rendevouse in Concert with the Other Vessels 
fitting out under the direction of a proper Officer who will be fur- 
nished with Articles for the Seamen that may Engage, to Sign, 
which Seamen are to be taken on board as soon as possible, and 
Allow Twenty Dollars Bounty to Every able Boydied Seaman that 
may Enlist for the Term of the Expedition 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

A Copy of the foregoing was delivered to Cap 1 James Pyne Com- 
manding the Schooner Rattle Snake Cap* Benj a Stone Command- 
ing the Sloop Sally. Cap 1 Jerem h Dickinson Comm dg the Sloop 
Rachael Cap* W m Allen Commds the Sloop Family Trader 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board 24 th Nov r 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy beg leave to Inform your 
Excellency that the Owners of the Different Vessels Intended for 
the Expedition to Georgia have agreed to let their Vessels to the 
public Your Excellency in Your Letter of 22 d make no mention 
wether they are to be paid the Value the Owners put on them in 
case of loss or to be appraised nor wether the Hire is to be agreed 
for by the Commissioners, or settled by the Legislature The Com- 



205 

missioners, of the Navy Board will be glad of your Excellencys 
Instructions respecting these Matters 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
To His Excellency Raw 5 Lowndes Esq r . 
President and Commander in Chief 
of South Carolina 

His Excellency the presidents Answer to the above. 
The President and Council agree that the Commissioners appoint 
Three Indifferent persons to Value the Vessels that may be taken 
into the public service for the Defence of Georgia, and the public 
will be Answerable for the damage arrising to the Owners while 
those Vessels are in the public Service by Loss The wages to be 
allowed for the Hire of the Vessels to be referecl to the Legisla- 
ture In Council 24 th Nov r 1778 

(Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

A Letter to the Owners of the Vessels Taken into the public ser- 
vice 

Navy Board Novem r 24 th 1778 
Gentlemen 

The Commissioners of the Navy have Just received 
Directions from the president to have the different Vessels taken 
into the Service of the State (for the Expedition to Georgia) Valued 
by three Indifferent persons, they therefore request that you will 
appoint a fitt and proper person to Value the Sloop Rachael on 
Account of the Owners, and the Commissioners will also appoint 
One on Account of the State, and in Case they Two should not 
agree, that they do appoint a Third person as an Umpire You'l please 
advise the Board as Early as possible of the person you appoint and 
Furnish a particular Inventory of all the sails, Guns Stores & c . of 
Every kind to be laid before the appraisers an with 

the Board By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r . 

To Richard & John Todd Owners of the Sloop Rachael 
To ditto and Others Owners of the Sloop Family Trader 
To Joseph Atkinson & Others Owners of the Sloop Sally 

A Letter to M r David Edgar 
M r . David Edgar Sir 

The Commissioners of the N [break] Board 
desire that you do come to Town Early Tomorrow morning and 



2O6' 

bring with you One of the Hands belonging to the State Ship Yard 
with proper Tools to Make a Mould for a Breast Hook for the 
Sloop Rachael now in the States Service 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
Navy Board 24 th Nov r . 1778 , 

M r . David Edgar 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of Cap 4 Will" 1 
Hall for 500 dollars to Enlist men for the Notre Dame 812. 
Adjourned to Tomorrow forenoon 9 oClock 



Navy Board Wednesday 25 Novem r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 

A Letter to M r . John Dorsius 

Navy Board Novem r 25 th . 1778 
M r . John Dorsius Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board being 

in Imediate want of a Boat, and proper Chains for the Yards of 
the State Brigg Hornet request that you furnish her with a proper 
Boat and Chains in return for those you had from the Public for 
the Ship General Moultrie 

By Order of the Board 

To M r . John Dorsius Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury for in fav r . of 
John Calvert to Inlist Seamen for the Georgia Expedi- 
tion say 2000 Dollars is 3250 - 

John Calvert the Beaufort Gaily s Pay bill to 17 th . Oct r : 
3 Mo s 1132. 10 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 26 th Novem r 1778 

Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Extr a . Meeting- 
Navy Board Saturday 28 Novem r . 1778 

The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell Geo A Hall John Edwards Esq rs . 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 

A Letter was wrote to his Excellency the Presf break] 

Navy Board 28 th Nov r . 1778-^ 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy agreeable to your Excellencys 
Orders Immediately took into the public service Three Sloops, in 
Addition to the Notre Dame and Rattle snake and the Better to 
induce men to Inlist, Ordered a Rendevouse to be Opened, and 
having Mett this Evening in Order to Enquire into the progress 
of the Captains in recruiting service find the difficulty of Manning 
the Vessels to be very great, there having been Only 49 Men 
Inlisted in the different Vessels notwithstanding an Expence of 
^3700 has already Accrued at the Rendevouse in Addition to the 
Bounty of Twenty Dollars <P Man, The Commissioners are at a 
Loss how to advise your Excellency in the present Case the Sea- 
men in General complain of the Bounty being too small, if a Larger 
Bounty would Induce them to Inlist, and the Expence of the Ren- 
devouse saved, it would, in the Opinion of the Board be in the End, 
the least Expensive way of procuring Seamen, and they Cannot 
help Expressing their doubts of having all the Vessels Manned with 
that Expedition the Nature of the Service seems to require 

By Order of the Board 

To his Excellency ^ Edward Blake first Commiss r 

the President ( 

Subjoined is a List .of Men on board the different Vessels 
Notre Dame 40 Men Officers Included 

Rattle Snake . 8 Men ] 

01 o 11 o TIT Officers Exclusive 

Sloop Sally ..iS.Men ... . 

01 /- TV/T r adjourned to next Monday 

Sloop Rachael 6. Men [ _ . _, 

, T- -i T- i AT Evening o oLlock 

Sloop family 1 rader 7. Men I 

Extra Meeting 

Navy Board Monday Morns. 3o th NoverrT 1778 

The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 



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The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

A Letter to the Naval Commissary- 
Sir/ Navy Board 3O th Novem r 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct that you do 
Receive from on board the Sloops Rachael Cap 1 Jeremiah Dickinson, 
Sally Cap* Benj a Stone and Family Trader Cap 1 . William Allen all 
such stores, as has been delivered (belonging to the public to the 
several Vessels on the service of the State) and that you do forbid 
the Butchers furnishing said Sloops with any Beef on Acco*. of the 
public, but if any of the Stores should be Expended by any of the 
Sloops, in that Case you are to deliver an Acco 1 . to the Owners of 
such Sloops, Charged at the Current price who must Settle for the 
same 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
Navy Board. Novem r . 1778 
Gentlemen - 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board have Received 
directions from the president in Council to discharge The Sloop 
Sally out of the Service of this state and retiirn her to her proper 
Owners, you will therefore please Direct the Cap 1 , to deliver to the 
Commissary of the Naval Department all such Stores as have been 
delivered to him belonging to the Public while in the Service and 
please Accept the Thanks of the Navy Board for your Readiness in 
Letting your Vessel for the Service of the Public 
To M r . Joseph Atkinson & C - ) By Order of the Board 

& Other Owners of the Sloop Sally ( Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

A Copy of the above Letter was Directed to Richard & John 
Todd and Other Owners of the Sloop Rachael and Family Trader 

Navy Board 3O th NoverrT. 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you call .upon 
Cap* Pyne for the Articles of the Schooner Rattlesnake and that 
you use all your Endeavours to enlist Men for the said Vessel, giv- 
ing a Bounty of Thirty Dollars for Every able Seaman who shall 

enlist for the Term of Six Months but to Open no Rendevouze 

By Order of the Board- 
Lieu 1 . Charles Crowly Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 



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Navy Board 3O th Novem r 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do use your 
utmost Endeavours to Compleat the Number of Seamen for the 
Brigg Notre Dame and that you encrease the bounty to Thirty Dol- 
lars for every able Seaman who will Enlist and Sign Articles for 
the Term of Six Months and that no rendevouse be kept for the 

Future By Order of the Board 

To Cap 1 Will m Hall of the 1 Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Brigg Notre Dame \ 

Navy Board 3O th Novem r 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do with all 
possible Dispatch get the Brigg Hornet Compleatly Fitted and 
Manned to proceed on a Cruize, and in Order to encourage Seamen 
to Enter into the Service of the State the president in Council has 
Advanced the Bounty to Thirty Dollars for every able Seaman that 
may Enlist for Six Months, The Commissioners recommend that 
you do Exert yourself all in your power to get said Brigg ready, as 
the Service of the state at this time Require it 

By Order of the Board 

To Capt" James Pyne Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Adjourned to Six oClock this Evening 



Navy Board .... Monday Evening 3O th Novem r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The Board agreed with M r . William Selthridge as Public boat 
Keeper in the Room of M r . M c Cully Righton resigned 

The following Orders were drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 
Paul Pritchard for Sundrys purchased of him for the) 4854. 2. 6 

.use of the Hobcaw Ship yard ( 

Dan 1 ONeille for the use of the Rope walk 2000 - 



6854. 2. 6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evens 6 oClock 



14. H. C. 



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Navy Board Thursday 3 d Decem r . 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Roger Smith, Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury for in fav 1 of 
Will m Trusler for Beef Supplyed the Notre 
Dame 

. Brigg Hornet- 

Pilot Boat Eagle 
Pilot Boat Tryal . 
Rattle Snake- 
Beaufort Gaily 
(Cochrans) State Ship Yard . 




Amo*. of Orders on the Treasury Con d Over ^33^9 [break] 

Martha Bochet Administratrix of Anth^ Bochet ] 

dece d for wages due on board the Brigg Defence j 308 

from the 4 th Janr^ to the 4 th of Decem r 1777 when [ 

he died a 28 ^ M 

Seth Gilbert Blacksmiths work for the Sloop Rachael 143. . 7. .6 

John Burnhouse wages due him on board the Defence 196. .10. .8. 



Adjourned to next Monday Evens 6 oClock 



Extra Meeting 

Navy Board Saturday 5 th Decem 1 ". 1778 

The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edw d Darrell, Geo Ab l Hall, Jn Edwards, 
Esq rs 

The following Letter was wrote by the first Commissioner dated the 
4 th and approved of by the Board this Meeting 
Cap* Will Hall 
Sir 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board 

Direct that you do Immediately Order the Sails of the Notre Dame 
to be Bent, and all the people belonging; to said Brigg to repair on 



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board, and that the Brigg be Immediately put in Order to proceed to 

Sea on the Shortest Notice 

Navy Board 4 th Dece r . 1778 ) By Order of the Board 

Cap 1 . Will m Hall. . J Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter from his Excellency the president 

The President having Received Information that a Privateer is now 
off the Barr (a Small Vessel) Recommend it to the Navy Board to 
send out the Notre Dame, and if she is not full Manned that the 
Crews of the Other Vessels should be Joined to Strengthen the 
Notre Dame, or such Other Method as the Navy Board shall think 
more proper to Dispatch her tomorrow Morning 

The Commissioners of ) 

Friday Evening 



the Navy 

To his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

As soon as I knew the Brigg to be a Privateer I sent for Cap 1 
Hall and gave Orders for the Sails of the Notre Dame to be Bent 
and Every Man belonging to said Brigg to repair on Board, and 
the Brigg to be got in readiness to Sail on the shortest Notice the 
Commissioners of the Navy will do Every thing in their, power to 
forward her Sailing I am Sir 

Friday Evening ) Your Most Obed*. Serv 4 

To his Excellency the president \ Edward Blake 

A Letter to Cap*. James Pyne 
Cap 1 . James Pyne 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Order all the Seamen Belonging to the Brigg Hornet to go 
on board the Brigg Notre Dame, and Obey the Orders of Cap*. 
Hall and his Officers, during the present Cruize, which will not 
Exceed Ten days when they are to be returned on board the Hornet, 
Youl please Inform your Men that any Commission Vessel fitted as 
a Cruizer Taken by them during the Cruize will belong wholy to the 
Captors 

Saturday Morning ) By Order of the Board 

5 th . Decem r . 1778 \ Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

N. B Any of the Officers of the Hornet that Chuse to go in the 
Notre Dame as Volunteers have the Commissfoners Liberty to go 
A Copy of the above sent to Cap 1 . James Mayberry , 



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To his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

As the Notre Dame has not her full Complement of men I have 
Directed an Officer to go round the Town with a Drum & fife and 
Endeavour to get a few Volunteers I shall be glad to know from 
your Excellency how long the Brigg is to remain Out, as Several 
persons would go for a few days, that will not go to be kept any 
long time. Your Excellency will also please advise the Commis- 
sioners of the Navy Board whether they are to give Cap 1 . Hall his 
Orders or if he is to receive them from your Excellency, and will 
also please furnish papers for said Brigg to pass the Two Forts 

I am Sir 

Saturday Morning | Your Most Obed 1 Serv* 

5 th Decem r . 1778 - - \ Edward Blake 

His Excellency the President 

A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

. I should think it most Adviseable that the Notre [break] should 
Confine her Object soly to the protection of the Coas [break] by no 
means to Extend her Cruize As it will facilitate the getting of 
Volunteers that she should be Ordered in in a short time the Com- 
missioners will be pleased to give Directions Accordingly At the 
same time giving a Caution to Cap 1 - Hall as the Enemy has a small 
fleet on the coast of Savannah to aVoid falling in with a Superior 
Force 

Cha s Town 5 th Dece r . 1778 I am Your Obed*. Serv 1 . 

To Cap* Edw d Blake first) (Signed) Raws Lowndes 

Commiss 1 ". of the Navy ( 

Navy Board Decem r 5 th 1778 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy having received directions 
from his Excellency the president to Order the Brigg Notre Dame 
under your Command to Sea with all possible Expedition, in quest 
of a Privateer Brigg which appeared off the Barr Yesterday and 
' fired on the Pilot Boat, you are hereby directed to proceed Imme- 
diately to Sea with the Brigg Notre Dame and exert your utmost 
Endeavours to discover, Attack and Take or distroy the said Brigg, 
or any other Enemy that you think prudent to Engage The Com- 
missioners recommend, if you do not discover the said Brigg pres- 
ently after your going Out, that you Scower the Coast as Farr as 
Tybee to the Southward and Cape Year to the Northward and if 



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you do not discover the said Vessel or other [break] es in the Course 
of Ten days ; that you then Return to CVtarles Town 

You will for the Encouragement of your Crew Inform them 
that all armed Vessels fitted Solely for war that may be made prizes, 
will be the Entire property of the Captors 

The Commissioners have Ordered the Men and such of the 
Officers as chuse to go, from the Hornet and Rattlesnake on board 
the Notre Dame, which they hope with the Men you have on board, 
and the Volunteers that may offer will be a Sufficient Number By 
Order of the Board 

To Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Cap 1 Will m Hall of the] 
Brigg Notre Dame 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

After having a Drum about Town all day with Two Officers 
Endeavouring to get Volunteers for the Notre Dame I am Just 
Informed by Cap 4 . Hall that he has got but Two Men Enlisted and 
the promise of four as Volunteers, so that his whole Number 
Officers Included will not Exceed Fifty five or Sixty Men, Whereas 
the Common Complement Allowed is Eighty five, An Alarming 
Circumstance Add to this that I have applyed to two of the Branch 
Pilots and both refused to go on the Service, I have Ordered the 
Brigg down to the Road, but unless more Hands can be Obtained, it 
will be Imprudent to send her O.ut 

Saturday Evening I am Sir Your 

5 th Decem 1 1778 \- Most Obed 4 . Serv 1 . 

His Excellency the Edward Blake 

president 

A Letter from his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

I am of the same Opinion with you, that we Ought not to run 
Resque of Sacrefiseing the Brigg, to Order her Out with so few 
men. It will be Best Notwithstanding to keep her in readiness, per- 
haps a fitt of Zeal may Seize the Seamen, when they hear that the 
Enenvy heaves in Sight again It is much to be Lamented that such 
a Languor should possess the whole Trade without men nothing 
can be done 

Your very hum le Serv 1 

Edward Blake Esq r (Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 7 th Decem 1 " 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner ' 

Geo Abb 1 . Hall, Edward Darrell Esq rs 
Orders was drawn on the Treasury in faviour of " ~* 

the Clerk of this Board for Amo 4 of wages due Lieu*. ^775 

Richard Wells of the Brigg Comet \ 

Cash borrowed of the presed 4 - of Congress 200 dollars 325 



450 

M c Cully Righton his 2 Acco ts . for Sept 1 ". Octob r . & 
Novem 1 " 3 mo s 512 15- 



$1287 ,,15- 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday io th Decem r . 1778- 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

George Abb 1 . Hall, Roger Smith ^ rs 

Josiah Smith Edward Darrell ( 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
The Board Agreed that the Clerk should pay Cap*. Will" 1 
Hall what Moneys are due him from Sundry Men belong- 
ing to the Brigg Notre Dame for Necessarys Supplied 
them also) the wages due John Christopher and John 
Alfoney on board the Brigg Notre Dame Omitted in pay 
bill.. 



107. 16 



Then Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oCloc. 



Navy Board Monday 14 th December 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Geo Ab 1 . Hall Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

A Letter from his Excellency the president dated the 13 th Ins 4 
Sir/ 

Coll Smith has represented to me that a Schooner in which he 
with some Other Citizens are much Interested, and in which is also 



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the Baggage of a Detachment of the Artillery lately Ordered on 
duty to Fort Johnson was drove on Shore at Long Island in the 
storm of Last Night where she is in great Peril of being lost and 
the Goods destroyed I therefore desire you will Order the Rattle 
Snake Immediately down to her Assistance in Order to preserve if 
possible the said Schooner and her Contents And to give Orders 
that the said Baggage belonging to the Detachment of Artillery if 
Saved to be delivered at Fort Johnson 

I am Sir Your 

Cha s Town 13 th Decem 1 " 1778 very hum bl . Serv 1 . 

To Edw d Blake Esq r (Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

A Letter to Cap 1 Stephen Devall 
Sir/ Navy Board 14 th Decem r 1778 

Having received Information from his Excellency the President 
that a Schooner from George Town, in which the Baggage of a 
Detachment of the Artillery was on board was drove on Shore on 
Long Island, the Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do 
Immediately go with the Eagle Pilot boat to the Assistance of said 
Schooner, and Endeavour by every means in your power to save all 
the Baggage belonging to said detachment of Artillery and all such 
other goods as you possibly can, and Deliver all such Baggage as 
you may save, at Fort Johnson. 

Cap 1 Stephen Duvall ] By Order of the Board 

Leave a pilot to Carry out j- Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

the Notre Dame. 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

Agreable to your request, the Schooner Rattle Snak<? would 
have been Sent to the Assistance of the Schooner on Shore on Long 
Island had she been in Order for such service But at present she has 
no Sails Bent Ballast on board or Men belonging to her, as all her 
Men were turned over on board the Notre Dame, However I have 
Ordered the Eagle Pilot boat Immediately on that Service, and hope 
she will be in time to give the Necessary Assistance T am Sir 
Decem r . 14 th 1778 Your Most Obed* Serv 1 . 

His Excellency ) Edw d Blake 

the president 



2l6 

Orders to Cap 1 William Hall- 
Cap 1 Will m Hall Navy Board Decem r 14 th 1778 
Sir/ 

In your Orders of the Fifth Ins* the Commis- 
sioners of the Navy Board Directed you to Cruize on this Coast for 
the Enemy's Privateers, not Exceeding Ten days from the time you 
left Charles Town Bar, since which Two Sloops the Sally Cap 1 . 
Benj a . Stone and the Family Trader Cap* Will m Allen have been 
fitted out by the Merchants of Charles Town for the Like Service, 
with Orders to Cruize in Company with the Notre Dame, in Search 
of Several of the Enemys privateers which have been seen Hover- 
ing on this Coast, not Exceeding Twenty days from the day they 
leave Charles Town Bar and to receive Signals from you to prevent 
any Seperation 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board therefore direct that you do 
furnish Cap*. Benj a Stone of the Sloop Sally and Cap* Will" 1 Allen 
of the Sloop Family Trader, with proper Signals before you sail 
over the Bar of Charles Town and that you do Embrace the first 
Oportunity to proceed to sea in Company with the Sally and Family 
Trader, and Continue to Cruze together as far to the Northward as 
Cape Fear and to the Southward as far as Tybee Not Exceeding 
Twenty 'days from the time you Leave Charles-town Bar, During 
all which time you are to Take, sink, Burn or Distroy any of the 
Vessels or goods belonging to any of the Subjects of the King of 
Great Britain, Except such as may belong to the Inhabitants of Bur- 
muda or New Providence And if you should be so fortunate as to 
take any prize during the Cruze you must send them into some port 
in this State and be particularly Carefull that you Secure your 
prisoners in such Manner so as to prevent their doing any hurt 
and when you return into port you must Anchor in Rebellion Rhoad, 
and not S.uffer any man to go on shore out of the Notre Dame till 
you have Liberty from the Board for so doing 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
Will" 1 Downs Admin 1 " of the Estate of Rich d Belcher] 

Dec d for w,ages due the said Belcher as Midshipman I 357 

on board the Brigg Defence j 

Dan 1 Smith Commissary his Acco*. of Disbursments^ 8187 .16 .2 
to the 13 th Ins* 



Cap 1 Jn Hatter his Acco 1 . of wages and a boat bo 1 by| 

him going as a Cartel to S 4 Augustine V 375. .15 

8920. .11. .2 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 17 th Decem r 1778 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 22 d Decem r 1778 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Ab l . Hall Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs . 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 

A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

M r . Timothy whose Zeal prompts him to recommend any thing 
which he thinks beneficial to the Cause has informed me that a very 
small Pilot Boat of the Enemy is now at the Light house Standing 
to the Westward, which may probably do us some Mischief He 
thinks Our Pilot Boat well manned would be a Match for her If 
you are of the same Opinion all Circumstances Considered I shall 
be glad you will do the Xeedfull M r . Timothy will write to Capt n . 
Newton to put some men on board and gfve what Assistance he can.. 

4 . Your Obed'. Hbl e Serv'. 

Edw d Blake Esq r . Signed R Lowndes 

(no date) Decem r 2i st 1778 reced 

A Letter to Cap'. Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board Decem 1 ". 2i st 1778 
Cap 1 . Stephen Duvall 

Sir/ By the recommendation of the president 

the Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do Immediately 
proceed with the Eagle Pilot Boat in Quest of a Small Schooner 
rigged boat Supposed to be an Enemy privateer which appeared off 
the Lighthouse this Morning, and on discovering the Colours of the 
Vessels at Anchor off the Barr stood to the Westward 

The Commissioners recommend that no time be Lost, and that 
you Call on board the General Moultrie and Acquaint Cap 1 . Newton 
the service you are going on and request that he will Assist you with 



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some Men who we will make no doubt will give yon Every Assist- 
ance in his power By Order of the Board 
To Cap*. Stephen Duvall Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
P. . S. . since writing the above we are Informed that Cap*. . Benj a 
Stone of the Sloop Sally is off the Barr, as the Owners of the said 
Sloop have Ordered him to Continue his Cr.uze the Commissioners 
request that you will Cruze a Long the C [break] in Company with 
Cap*. Stone, and Look into E [break] uth ward as far as Tybee, and 
Endeavour by Every means in your power [break] distroy any of 
the Enemys Vessels you may discover on the Coast. 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to M r Will m Selthridge Boat keeper 

Navy Board 2i st Decem 1 " 1778 
M r . Will m Selthridge 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Immediately go to Sullivants Island and have every boat 
belonging to the State Carried to the public Ship yard at Hobcaw 
and put into Immediate Repair, and that you do Visit the Two Ship 
Yards and see that all the public boats be fitt for Immediate Service 
and make a Return to the Board of all the boats belonging to the 
public and the Condition they are in by Thursday Next 
To M r . Will" 1 Sethridge j By Order of the Board 

public Boat Keeper ^ Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter to M 1 ". Paul Pritchard 

Navy Board 2 I st Decem r . 1778 
M r . Paul Pritchard 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 

you do Immediately put into Thorough repair all the public boats 
that are now at the Yard, or that may be delivered to you by the 
boat keeper, Leaving all other work untill that is Compleated, and to 
deliver any boat or boats after they are repaired to M r . Selthridge, 
taking his receipts for them as public boat keeper 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to M r . David Edgar 
Sir/ Navy Board 2i st Decem r 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you Lay by all Other 
work Except the repairs of boats untill they are Compleated, and 



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that you have them all put in proper Order with the utmost Expedi- 
tion You are at all times to receive such boats as M r . Selthridge 
may deliver you to be repaired, and to deliver them to him [break] 
taking his receipt as public keeper without any further orders from 
the Board By Order of Board 

To M r . David Edgar ) Edw d Blake first Commis [break] 

at the State Ship Yard J 

A Letter to M r . John Gaboriel 

Sir/ Navy Board 2i st Decem 1 ". 1778 

The Commissioners of the Navy having been Informed that the 
leading Mark to be Errected for Lawfords Channel which they 
expected would have been finished before this time is very back- 
ward desire that you will take care to have this said leading Mark 
finished with Expedition According to your agreement 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
To M r . John Gaboriel 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 
Smith & Darrell for Canvass Supplied the Commissary 2065 - 
Geo Campbell wages due him from the Brigg Comet 339 .10- 
Ja s Allen wages due him from the Brigg Comet .... 254 . 2 - 
Luke Hunt wages due him from the Brigg Polly. . . . 198 . 2 - 
Jane Howe a Rendevouze Acco*. for the Brigg. . . . j 
Notre Dame Hornet Rattle Snake Rachael Sally. } 4330 .12 .6 
and Family Trader I 



7187.. 6.. 6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 24 th Decem r 1778 

adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy [break] Monday 28 th Decem r . 1778 

T[ break] ard Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Edw d Darrell Josiah Smith .... Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The following Letters was wrote by the first Commiss r the 23 d Ins*, 
and approved this Evening 



22CJ 

A Letter to his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board beg leave to Inform 
your Excellency that Contrary to Orders given Cap 1 Hall by the 
Board, the Notre Dame is now at Anchor in Rebellion Road and 
begs to know whither your Excellency has given any direction to 
Cap 1 . Hall Respecting his coming into port, if not the Commission- 
ers will Immediately Order him Out to Continue his Cruize unless 
your Excellency should direct Otherwise 

Decem r . 23 d 1778 By Order of the Board 

His Excellency the ) Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

President . . . . \ 

A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

Cap*. Hall has this Moment left me I spoke to him a [break] his 
Conduct in a Manner I think it deserves his Coming into port Con- 
trary to Orders and pretending it was Occasioned by his Egarness 
to give Notice of the Danger he thought the State in. and yet to 
delay so long, coming or sending to [break] is realy strange he 
desired to know if he was to go out again directly, and I told him 
to receive Orders from the Navy Board but I think it w d be best to 
know something more of the Enemies Fleet whether Real or in the 
Clouds before he goes I am Sir Your Obed* hbl e Serv 1 

Edw d Blake Esq r (Signed) R Lowndes 

Dece r . 22 d 1778 (a Mistake) 23 d 

A Letter to Cap*. William Hall 

Cap 1 - Will m Hall Decem r . 23 d 1778 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy are greatly 

Surprised to se the Notre Dame at Anchor in Rebellion Road, at a 
Time when you should be Cruzing to watch every Motion of the 
Enemy and give the Earliest Intelligence the Commissioners of the 
Navy Board Direct that you do Immediately proceed to Sea with 
the Notre Dame, and that you do Continue to Cruze Ten days from 
the time you leave Charles Town Barr (Unless Obliged by Stress 
of Weather or a Superiour Force of the Enemy to put into port 
Sooner) in such Station as Directed in your Orders of the 14 th 
Instant, and that you do frequently Stretch in with the Barr and 
send to the Commissioners Every Intelligence of the Motions of the 



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Enemy During the Cruise as it is a Matter of the greatest Conse- 
quence to know where they are destined for 

By Order of the Board 

To Cap 1 . Will Hall ) Edw d Blake first Commis [break] 

of the Notre Dame \ 

A Letter to his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

I this Moment received your Letter respecting Capt" Hall 
who I saw after he parted with your Excellency he Informed me 
that though 1 found fault with him for Coming in with the Notre 
Dame, that you approved of his Conduct I then desired to know if 
your Excellency had Directed him to go Out again or to remain in 
port, he Informed you had directed him to Call on the Commission- 
ers for Orders, and I Immediately Ordered him Out to Continue his 
Cruize for Ten days Unless by Stress of Weather or any Superior 
force of the Enemy should Oblige him to return into port Sooner, 
and to Come frequently off the Barr, and give Every Intelligence he 
could get respecting the Motions of the Enemy, if your Excellency 
think proper to direct it, I will Order him to remain in port any time 
you please 

Decem 1 " 23 d 1778 I am Sir Your Most Obed 1 Serv*. 

his Excellency the presicl 1 Edward Blake 

A Letter to Cap 1 . Will Hall- 
Cap 4 . W m Hall- 
Sir/ 

Since delivering your Orders of this date, I 

have received a Messuage from his Excellency the president Advise- 
ing that the Notre Dame remain in Rebellion Road till further 
Orders from the Commissioners of the Navy Board You are 
therefore directed to remain with the Brigg Notre Dame in the 
Rebellion Road till you receive further Orders from the Board, and 
by no means Suffer any of the Men to go on Shore out of the Brigg, 
but to keep her in Constant readiness to proceed to Sea on the 
Shortest Notice By Order of the Board 

Wednesday Evening ^ Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

23 d Decem r . 1778 ^ 

A Letter from Cap*. W'illiam Hall 
Sir/ 

It gives me the greatest Uneasiness to Acquaint you 12 of my 
Men have possitively declared they will not go to Sea with the few 
hands we have on board thev are most of them, our best Seamen, 



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and say the whole Labour of the Vessel rests upon them have put 
them in Irons and shall keep them so till I have the pleasure to know 

how I am to Act I remain Your Most Obed* Hbl e Serv* 

To Edward Blake Esq r . ) (Signed) William Hall 

I st Commiss 1 ". of the Navy C 

N. B. Myself and Officers are very ready to go to Sea if you think 
proper 

A Note from his Excellency the president, 

The president desires to know of M r . Blake if there are Three Cap- 
tains in the States Service now present Exclusive of Cap* Hall 
The president is affraid if there are not the Sailors Cannot be tried 
for a Capital offence Sunday Afternoon 

A Second Note from his Excellency the presid* 
Sir/' 

I am of Opinion all Matters Considered that we Cannot pro- 
ceed to try the Men Capitally for want of a Sufficient Board of 
Officers to Constitute Court and therefore I w d recommend that they 
be tryed under the Articles for a Lesser Offence 

Your Obed* Serv 4 . 
(Signed) R Lowndes 
Edw d Blake Esq r 

A Letter to Cap 4 . William Hall- 
Navy Board Decem r . 2/ th 1778 
Cap* Will Hall 

Sir/ 

In Answer to your Letter of this day the 

Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct that you do Immediately 
Cause the Twelve Men who refused to go to Sea in the Notre Dame, 
to be Tryed by a Court Martial and that you do Immediately after 
Court Breaks up Transmit to the Board the whole .proceedings of 
said Court, and that no punishment be Inflicted till the Board has 
Determined thereon By Order of the Board 

To Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

Cap 4 . Will m Hall 

The proceedings and Judgement of the Court Martial Held on 
board the Brigg Notre Dame in Rebellion Road (on the Trial of 
Sundry prisoners on board said Vessel) being Transmitted to the 
Board the Commissioiners approved of the Sentence and wrote 
the following Letter to Cap 1 William Hall 



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Navy Board 28 th Decem r 1778 
Cap*. Will" 1 Hall 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board having 
Examined the proceedings of a Court Martial held on board the 
Notre Dame the 28 th Inst ts for the Trial of Sundry persons therein 
Named for the Heinous Offence of Mutiny do approve of the Sen- 
tence of said Court and Direct that the same be Inflicted as Early 
as may be, first taking Care to have read the 14 th iQ th . & 34 th Articles 
of the Rules of the Navy and to Inform the prisoners x that it is the 
Determined Opinion of his Excellency the president, as well as the 
Commiss rs of the Navy, if they had been tried by a General Court 
Martial and found Guilty they would have been liable to Suffer 
Death 
To By Order of the Board 

Cap* W m Hall Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r of 



Blakes & Sawyer for Beef and Tallow Supplied the 

Commissary 

Ordered that the Clerk do pay Henry 
Hainsdoff for Carving for the Brigg Hornet 



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Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 3i st December 1778 

The board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Edward Darrell, Josiah Smith, Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
A Letter from Cap 1 . Will m Hall 
Sir/ Notre Dame Decem r . 29 th 1778 

I Have inflicted the punishment on the prisoner's According 
to the Decree of the Court Martial, the Pilot that boarded me this 
day said that he could not Carry me Out the wind being too much 
inn, would be glad to know if you have any further Orders I have 
the pleasure Sir to be Your Most Hbl e Serv*. 

To Edward Blake Esq r . } - (signed) William Hall 

I st Commiss r of the Navy 



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A Letter from his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

In the situation we are in without Intelligence or Information 
I think it very Necessary to Endeavour to procure some knowledge 
of the Enemys Situation and Numbers and therefore would advise 
that the Pilot boat be sent out well Maned to make discoverys, tak- 
ing care as much as possible to avoid danger and Surprize and to 
Secure a Safe retreat in case of being persued 
Cha s Town 29 th Decem r 1778 Your Obed*. Hbl e Serv 1 

Edw d Blake Esq r (Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

A Letter to Cap*. Will" 1 Hall 

Cap 1 W m Hall Decem 1 . 29 th 1778 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that 
you do Immediately proceed to Sea with the Notre Dame and that 
you do Endeavour to Stretch a Long the Shore to the Southward so 
farr (as if possible) to discover the Strength and Situation of the 
Enemy & to gain some Intelligence of their Destination, which you 
are to Communicate to his Excellency the president or the Commis- 
sioners of the Navy, as an Early Intelligence of the Enemy's Motions 
may be of the greatest Consequence to the State 

You are not to leave the Land by any Means Unless Obliged by 
Stress of Weather or by a Superiour Force of the Enemy, but you 
are to Endeavour all in your power to keep One of the Inlets to 
Leward of you so as to make a Harbour if any Enemy of superior 
force should Chase and out sail you You are to Observe your 
former Orders respecting the time you are to Cruize 

By Order of the Board 
Cap*. Will" 1 Hall Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

A Letter to Cap 1 . Stephen Duvall 
Cap 1 Stephen Duvall 

Sir/ 

By the particular desire of his Excellency the 

President, The Commissioners of the Navy Board *Direct that you 
do as Early as possible tomorrow Morning proceed to Sea in the 
Eagle Pilot Boat and Stretch a Long the shore to the Southward as 
farr as (if possible) to discover the Enemys Elect, and Endeavour 
all in your power to gain Intelligence of their Strength and Destina- 
tion, which you are to Communicate to his Excellency the president 
or to the Commissioners of the Navy Board as soon as possible, as 
an Early Intelligence of the Enemys Motions may be of the greatest 



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Consequence to the State The Commissioners recommend [break] 
you keep Close to the Shore, and make a Secure Harbour Ever 
[break] and that you do keep your Swivil Guns Mounted and 
Loaded [break] your small arms Clean and always ready for use, 
and that you [break] a Constant good Lookout to prevent being 
Surprized by any Boats & that your Cruize do not Exceed Three 
days from the time you Leave the Barr 
Cap 1 . Stephen Duvall By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss [break] 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 
Ended the 3 I st Decem 1 " 1778 J 



Extra Meeting 

Navy Board Sunday 3 d January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Summons 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Roger Smith Geo Ab* Hall | p rs 

John Edwards Edward Darrell ( 

The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
A Letter from his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

As our Coasts are very much annoyed by little insignificant 
Cruizers. one of whom took last Monday a Sloop near or at the 
Inlet of S. Edisto I Sumbit it to you and the Navy Board whether 
it is not Necessary to send out some fast Sailing Vessel to look into 
these places and give some Check to these daring Enterprizing Pick- 
eroons as I have reason to think the very same Cruizer is now about 
the same place, I wish some Method Co d . be devised to remove her 
or bring her in, as she is of no force at all and wou d . be a very easey 
Conquest to almost any thing 

3 d Jany. 1779 I am Sir your Obed* Serv* 

Edw d Blake Esq r . first") (Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

Commiss 1 " of*the Navy.C 

A Letter to his Excellency the president. 
Sir/ Navy Board Jan^ 3 d 1779. 

In answer to your Letter of this day the Commissioners of the 
Navy Board recommend that the Eagle pilot boat be Immediately 

1 End of the third of the small books in which the original journal was kept. 
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Ordered out in quest of the Privateer Mentioned, and that some 
small swift Sailing Vessel be taken into the service and Employed 
as a Guarda Coasta to Cruize in Company with the Eagle Mess rs . 
Ruckle, Poaug & Pritchard, have a Vessel very fitt for the service 
The Two former of them Gentlemen have offered the use of her to 
the state on being Secured in Case of loss, If your Excellency 
approve of the recommendation the Necessary Orders will be given 
by the Board a^ soon as Answer is received 

By Order of the Board 
Edw d Blake first Commiss[ break] 
His Excellency the President 

A 2 d Letter to his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

I just sent to M r . Duvall to Inform him the Service of the 
Eag/ Pilot boat was to go on, when to my very great Surprize he 
Inform [break] me that none of the people belonging to the boat 
(Except his own [break] would go on the Service that they did 
Intend Quiting the Boat unless their wages was raised, I am Sorry 
for their Ingratitude and am Satwfied that the raising their wages 
will not make them more Industrious, I am hopefull that hands will 
be got, so as to send her off tomorrow Morning, You may depend I 
will do all in my power to forward it. 

Janry 3 d 1779. I am Sir 

His Excellency the president Your Most Hbl e Serv' 

Edw d Blake first Comm [break] 
Then Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 4 th January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell John Edwards Esq rs . 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was' read 

Agreed to Take the Schooner Rice Bird into the public Service and 
that Mess". Will" 1 Price and Sam 1 Legare be applied to as appraisers 
of the said Vessel in behalf of the state and that Mess rs . Buckle, 
Poaug, & Pritchard Owners of the said Vessel do appoint Two per- 
sons on their part as appraisers also 
Order of the prevy Council 

January 4 th 1 779 
Ordered that the Commissioners of the Navy Board do Engag 



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[break] the Schooner belonging to Cap*. Buckle and Others as pro- 
posed [break] them for the Service of the State as a Guarda Costa 
and that she be [break] the public risque 

By his Excellency the pr [break] 
with the advice of the prevy C [break] 

John Colcock Sec^. Py.[ break] 

a Letter was received and read from M r . Alex r . Williamson peti- 
tioning to be Clerk to the Hobcaw Ship Yard the Commiss rs . agreed 
to the proposal in the said Letter, to allow the said Alexander Wil- 
liamson 800 <{9 Year as Clerk to the said ship Yard as proposed 
The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . off 
Mess rs . Moon & Jeffords for Iron Supplyed the Com- 
missary 1638-18 
Abram Heath wages due him from the Brigg Defence 405. 



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Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6'oClock 



Navy Board . . Thursday 7 th January 1779 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday n th January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell, Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The following Notes was wrote by the first Commissioner and 
approved off by the Board this Evening 
A Note to Major Grimball 1 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to Major Grimball and 
will be much Obliged to him for the Lent of Two Hundred Musket 
Cartridges ready filled for the use of the pilot boat as they are 
going a way this Morning, If he can possibly spare Twelve Canis- 
ters filled for Two pound Guns it will ad to the Obligation z 
Thursday 7 th January 1779 

Major Grimball 



1 Major Thomas Grimball, of the Charles Town Battalion of artillery. 

Borrowed the Cartridges ) 
from the Grenadiers J " 



2 On the margin is this note: " j Borrowed J:he Cartridges 



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A Note to M r Joseph Atkinson 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board presents their Complim^wte 
to M r . Atkinson, and will be much Obliged to him for the Loan of 
a pair of small Carriage Guns with the stores and a few s [break] 
for the use of the pilot boat for a few days ; as the Guns they Bor- 
rowed from M r . Nelson will not do nor Can they get a Shott to Suit 
them 

Thursday 7 th January 1779 . 
M r . Joseph Atkinson 

Orders to Cap 1 . Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board the 9 th January 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board having received Cer- 
tain Information of a Small (Enemy) privateer being in one of the 
Southern Inlets in this State that has Captured Several of our 
Coasting Vessels They Direct that you do Immediately proceed to 
Sea in the Eagle Pilot "Boat, and that you make the Best of your way 
to South Edisto, and Endeavour by every means in your power to 
Take or destroy said privateer or any Other Vessels or goods 
belonging to the King of Great Britain or any of his Subjects, 
Except such as belong to the Islands of Bermuda or new Provi- 
dence 

Should you not Meet the privateer at South Edisto, you are to pro- 
ceed to S* Helena and port Royal, and you are to Endeavour to gain 
Intelligence which way she is gone and if possible Overtake her, in 
Order the Better to Carry this Expedition into Execution The Com- 
missione [break] have Directed M r . Sisk first Lieut 1 . . of the Hor- 
net with a Number of the Seamen belonging to said Brigg to go in 
the Eagle and as the Commissioners Entertain a good Opinion of 
that Gentleman as an Officer they recommend that you do always 
Consult him on any Matter of Attack on or Defence against the 
Enemy, and that you do by every Means in your power Endeavour 
to Cultivate Harmony and good Order Among the Officers and 
Crew, and you do keep a Constant good Look out, to prevent being 
Surprised by the Enemy, and that you Continue to Cruize Six days 
from the Time you Leave Charles Town Barr, and that you do make 
known to Every man on board, that Every Vessel taken during the 
Cruize that is fitted out for the Sole purpose of a Cruizer is to belong 
wholy to the Captors and all Merchant Vessels One half to the State 



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and the Other half to the Captors and in Case of any Man being 
Maimed, or any way disabled in this Service to be Maintained and 
provided for as in the Navy of this State all the Stores put on 
board by the president you are to Deliver at Beaufort agreeable to 
his Order to the Commissary there 
To Cap*. Stephen Duvall By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter from his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

I shall want Immediately a Small Vessel a Swift Sailor to go 
Express to Philadelphia, without loss of time. I am to Request you 
will take up such a Vessel and Order her to be got ready without the 
least delay to Carry Dispatches to Congress 

I am Sir 

8 th Jany. 1779 Your Obed 4 . Serv'. 

Edw d Blake Esq r (Signed) Raw 3 Lowndes 

A Letter to his Excellency the president 
Sir/ 

Agreable to your request of yesterday I have Enquired of Every 
person that I know to be Owners of such Vessels as would Answer 
to Send Express to Philadelphia, but Cannot get one on such Terms 
as I think will suit the Public M r . Corbett has a very fine schooner 
but says he Cannot possibly spare her, as he has no Other way to 
move his Family and property out of Town should the Enemy come 
this way, however if no Other can be got, and One must be had he 
will submit to let her go, but at present she has part of her Cargoe 
of Rum on board and must be Cleaned Mess rs . John Scott and 
Josiah Bonneau have One Equally fitt, both these Gentlemen are at 
George Town and I Cannot learn they have left any person to do 
their Business during their [break] M r James Nelson has One very 
fitt and ready Cleaned Mess rs . Thomas Buckle, John Poaug & 
Paul Pritchard has also one that is fitt and Cap 1 . Dunscombe has a 
Small Burmuda Sloop ready cleaned and very fitt, the Answers 
respecting the Three last Vessels I send Inclosed for your Excel- 
lencys perusal, if M r . Nelson's proposals is Accepted as it is the 
Only offer please Advise me and the Necessary Orders shall be 
given, or if any Other mode is to be Adopted to procure a Vessel 



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Youl please send an Order and the Commissioners will give Imme- 
diate Directions 

9 th Janr^ 1779 By Order of the Board 

To Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

His Excellency the presid 1 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in fav r - of 

Ja s Bricken for Cleaning Guns for the Comet 68. .10 

Henry M c Cleeve wages due him as Lieu 1 on board the 
Notre Dame 135 - 

Will m Trusler 7 Beef Accounts viz For 

The Notre Dame 885 . 7.6 

The Hornet 276 - 

The Eagle 181 . 2.6 

The Rattle Snake 105. . 15 

The Tryall 86 .12.6 

The Sloop Rachael 79 . 17.6 

The Sloop Sally 62 . 5-- 1677 



1880. 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday i/j. th . January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The following Letter dated yesterday was wrote to his Excellency 
the President & approved of this Evening 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Beg leave to Inform your 
Excellency that Cap*. Pinder of the Schooner Rice Bird Acquainted 
the Board that it was not possible for him to get said Schooner 
Manned unless a Bounty was allowed they also Beg leave to 
Inform your Excellency that no Shott can be got in Town to Suit 
the Guns belonging to said Schooner they will therefore be glad of 
your Directions, whether to allow the Seamen a Bounty, or to deliver 
said Schooner to her Owners also whether or not the Commis- 
sioners are to do any thing respecting Mess rs - Scott and Bonneaus 



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Schooner which M r . Wright offered to Hire to the State as a 
Packet By Order of the Board 

Navy Board Janr? 13 th 1779 | Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

His Excellency the president ^ 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury dated the 8 th Ins 1 , for a 
Negroe Man Named Tower Hill purchased from John Wells in 
June 1777 for the use of the State Ship Yard 871. .14.6 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 

Navy Board Monday i8 th January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 

The following Letter to Cap 1 . Mayberry was Ordered to be 
wrote by the Clerk 
Cap 1 Mayberry 

Sir/ 

You are desired to Stop the Rendevouze and 
deliver a Copy of your Articles with the proper dates of the Entry 
of what Men are Shiped on board the Rattle Snake without Loss of 
time, and have every store taken on board, and the Vessel ready to 
proceed to Sea with all possible dispatch on a Cruize 

Monday Evening ) By order of the Board 

1 8 th Janry 1779 J John Calvert Clerk 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of the Clerk of this 

Board the i6 lh Ins 1 , for 2000 Dollars 3250 

Cash D r . to the Rope walk rece d . by the Clerk of the 1 

Board from Dan 1 ONeille part Sales of a Negroe I 991 .2 .6 

Jemey Sold Andrew Reid for 2000 I 

adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 2i st January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edw d Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury for in fav r . of 
John Mortimer Williams, Amo 1 of wages due W m 1 
Morgan Late Carp r on board the Brigg Comet 2 Mo s I 99 . . 3.4 
& 25 days a 35 



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Cap 1 Ja s Briggs Ball ce due him on board the Rattle- 
snake 943 17. .10 
Henry Lindoure for Flower and Baking for the Navy. . 6011 14 
Jane How a rendevouze Acco*. for the Brigg Hornet 996 . 6 13 



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Adjourned to Next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Monday 25 th January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair 

Edward Darrell, Geo Ab l . Hall Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

Instructions for Capt" James Mayberry 

Navy Board 23 d Jan^ 1779 
Cap*. James Mayberry 

Sir/ 

The Schooner Rattle Snake under you 

[break] Command Being Victualed and full Manned, and ready to 
proceed [break] a Cruize, The Commissioners of the Navy Direct 
that you do with all possible Dispatch proceed to S l . Helena Inlet in 
Quest of Severa/ small Enemy privateers that have for some time 
past been hovering in the Different Inlets in this State, and taken a 
Number of our Coasting Vessels, and as they will no doubt from 
their late Success be Encouraged to return soon, You are directed 
to remain in that Inlet for Ten or Twelve days, after which you are 
to Confine your Cruize wholy a Long the Shore, from Tybee to the 
Southward as farr as George Town Barr to the Northward, and to 
be very dilligent in looking into Every Inlet a Long the Coast for 
any of the Enemys Vessels, and make S*. Helina the place of your 
General rendevouze, as that Inlet has been mostly Resorted to by 
the Enemy Pickeroon Privateers, You are to Continue your Cruize 
in the Manner above Mentioned for Three Months, from the time 
you leave Charles Town Barr, During which time you you are to 
Endeavour by Every means in your power, to Take, Sink, Burn, or 
distroy any of the Vessels or Goods belonging to the King of Great 
Britain, or any of his Subjects (Except such as belong to the 
Islands of Bermuda or new Providence) and should you be so 
fortunate as to take any prizes you are to send them into Charles 
Town, or some safe Inlet in the State, and to Treat all prisoners 



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that may fall into your hands with Humanity and Tenderness, and 
Endeavour by every means in your power to Cultivate Harmony 
and good Order among your officers and Men, and Advise the Com- 
missioners by every Opertunity of every Inteligence worth Com- 
municating, and should you have Occasion for any fresh provissions 
for the use of the Crew During your Cruize, You have Liberty to 
purchase as much Beef or Pork as will Amount to Two days Allow- 
ance every week, and Draw upon the first Commissioner for the 
Amount which shall be duly Honoured, You are to be very Carefull 
that none of the stores be wasted, or wantonly Expended by any of 
the Officers, and that fair and regular returns be made to you by 
all the Warrant Officers, of all stores Expended every Month, and 
if on Examination they are found right you are to Sign them, and 
at the End of the Cruize, you are to Cause a General return from 
each Warrant Officer of all stores received by him and Expended 
during the Cruize to be delivered to the Clerk of the Board, as no 
pay bill will be Allowed till Such returns are Made 

By Order of the Board Edward Blake 

An Order to the Commissary 

, Navy Board Jan^ 25 th 1779 

Sir/ 

You are hereby Directed Immediately to purchase sixty Barrels 
of Flower on the Lowest Terms, to be Baked up into Bread for the 

use of the Navy By Order of the Board 

To M r . Dan 1 Smith } Josiah Smith Jun r 

Naval Commissary C 

NB, also provide 70 yards of Ordinary Canvass for waist Cloths to 

the Brigg Hornet 

An Order was drawn the 22 d Ins 1 , in fav r . of Dan 1 ) 

ONeille for the use of the Rope Walk for (2000 - 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 28 th January 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Josiah Smith Esq r . in the Chair 

John Edwards, Edw d Darrell, Geo Ab*. Hall Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r . of 
John Farrow for wages due him as Pilot on board the] 
Brigg Comet 9 Months & 20 days a 357. ^ day 



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An Order to Cap 1 . Will 1 

Cap*. Will 1 " Hall 

Sir/ 

You are hereby Directed to deliver to Cap*. 

James Pynes four 4-Pounder Guns with their Furniture, also five 
Hundred Shott to Suit them with as Many fill'd Cartridges and 
Other Articles he may now want for the use of the Brigg Hornet 
Taking his receipt for the whole 

By Order of the Board 
Josiah Smith Jun r 
An Order to M r Joseph Darling 

Navy Board 28 th January 1779 
M r . Joseph Darling 

Sir 

Cap 1 . Pyne being in immediate want of the 

Seven Stearing Sails, begun Making by M r . Wilkins the Commis- 
sioners request you will take them in hand and Compleat the work 
to be done on them with all possible Expedition 

By Order of the Board 

Josiah Smith Jun r . 
An Order to Paul Pritchard 

Navy Board 28 th January 1779 
Sir/ 

Cap*. Pyne has. Informed the Commissioners of the Navy that 
the Boat Built at the Ship Yard for the Hornet is finished and that 
the price is One Thousand pounds, you are desired to Deliver Cap 1 
Pyne the said Boat for which the Board will be Accountable The 
Brigg Notre Dame is Ordered to Hobcaw Ship Yard and the Com- 
missioners direct that you give her all possible Dispatch by laying 
by any private work that may Interfere By Order of the Board 
To M r . Paul Pritchard Josiah Smith Jun r . 

The Brigg Notre Dame is Ordered to proceed to Hobcaw 
immediately to be Repaired and made fitt for Immediate service 
with all possible Dispatch 

Addition to Cap 1 Mayberrys Orders of the 23 d 
P. .S. . Since writing the above The Board received a Message 
from his Excellency the President Desireing that you would be very 
watchfull at the Inlet least you Meet a Superier force, and that you 
do on Your Arrival at S 1 . Helina Sound put your self under the 
Orders of General Bull or the Commanding Officer at Port Royal 



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You are therefore Ordered to Obey all such Orders as you may 
from time to time receive from said Commanding Officer 
then Adjourned to Next Monday) By Order of the Board 

Evening 6 oClock . j E. Blake 

Navy Board Monday I st February 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commissioner 

John Edwards Edward Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
A Letter to his Excellency the President 

Navy Board I st Febr^. 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board beg leave to Acquaint 
your Excellency, that there is at Present a great want of Necessary 
Stores for the use of the Naval Department of this State which 
Accasions, great Delays in fitting out our State Vessels the Commis- 
sioners therefore beg leave to recommend to your Excellency that 
they be Authorised, to ship Adventures in a Number of different 
good Bottoms, and Import such Necessary Stores as may be wanted 
for the use of said Department, this Method they Conceive will 
[break] a great Saving for the State, and a Means of Equiping 
any Naval force with more dispatch then they have hitherto been 
able to do 

By Order of the Board 

To his Excellency the president Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Ordered that the Large Flatt be Immediately sent to the Ship 
Yard at Hobcaw, and be altered into a Gaily for the purpose of 
protecting the Inland trade of this State 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday 4 th February 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edw d Darrell Geo Ab* Hall Esq rs 

The Minutes of Last Meeting was read. 
A Letter from his Excellency the President 
Sir/ 

As the House of Representatives have desired that I would 
endeavour to Guard the Coast and Navigation of this State, & 



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Annoy the Enemy, by all the means in my power, I would for this 
purpose be inclined to purchase the Terantula, tho she may not be 
worth the Money Demanded for her I can get her for 14000 and 
as there is a Crew ready in her & I am told a very Active Com- 
mander I wish you would Consult him on the Terms on which he 
wou d Serve the public, And if you find you can Employ him without 
Clashing with Other Officers I should be glad you would put him 
in Commission, and give him Orders to prepare himself to go on 
Duty he tells me he can get Men off hand which is a very good 
Qualification and recommendation at this time 

4 th Febr y 1779 I am Sir Your 

Edw d Blake Esq r - Obed 1 Serv*. 

(Signed) Raw 5 Lowndes 

A Letter to his Excellency the present in Answer to the above 

Navy Board 4 th Feb y 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy agreable to your Ex,cellencys 
desire have Consulted Cap 1 . Langen of the Terantula, who is willing 
to Serve the State in Capacity of Master and Commander of said 
Vessel* during the time she is in Commission, but the Commiss rs 
cannot help mentioning to your Excellency their Opinion that the 
Terantula is not by any Means so well Calculated for the defence of 
the Coast, and Inland Navigation as the Eagle pilot boat, which can 
be Replaced in the pilotage by the Beaufort Pilot Boat at present 
useless there, The Commissioners will therefore be glad of Your 
Excellencys Directions which Vessel you would prefer that they may 
give the Necessary Orders to have her Cleaned and got ready with 
Dispatch By Order of the Board 

His Excellency ) Ed\v d Blake first Commiss r 

the president ^ 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury for in favor of 
James Bryan the Rattle Snakes Rendevouze Acco t .i222 . 10. . 
Gamble & Ferguson for 10640" Iron. . . .a 80 ^ C*.. 8512 . . 
Cap 1 Benj a Stone Ball ce . of the Sloop Sallys pay bill. .517. .10. . 
Cha s Basdon for Carpenters work on board the Sch r . 
Rice bird 48. . . . 



10,300 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 8 th February 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith Edward Darrell Geo Abb 1 Hall. Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
Ordered that the Clerk of this Board Advance to M r . ] 
Nath 1 Havens purser of the Brigg Hornet in Order Uiooo 

to purchase Sloops Taking his receipt for the same 

Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board Thursday u th February 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, Edward Darrell ) 
Roger Smith .John Edwards (Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
An Order from the President & Prevy Council 

In the Prevy Council February I st 1779 
The Board Advised that the Navy Board be directed & Empow 
[break] to Ship in different bottoms to the West Indies to an 
Amount not exceeding Forty Thousand pounds Currc y for the pur- 
chase of such Art [break] as are Necessary for that Department 

By his Excellency the pres [break] 

Signed) Ordered Accordingly by Jn Colcock [break] 
An Order from the Governor and Prevy Council 

In the Prevy Council Feb y 9 th 1779 

The Board Advised that the Navy Board be directed to Order the 
Hornet to be Stationed at Stono River, with leave to Cruize Acca- 
sionally to the Southward but to a small distance from the Land 
that they have the Eagle pilot boat fitted out with dispatch for the 
protection of the Inlets By his Excellency the Govern 1 ". 

Ordered Accordingly 
(Signed) John Colcock Se y P y O 
A Note from his Excellency the Governor 

The Senate and House of Representatives having requested 
that no Vessell may depart this port, the Commiss rs of the Navy are 



2 3 8 

required to Order the several Pilots of this Harbour, not to Pilot, 

or Carry any Vessell to Sea untill further Orders 

To (Signed) J Rutledge 1 

Edw d Blake Esq r . } Feb io th 1779 

first Commiss r of the Navy ( 

A Note from his Excellency the Governor at Foott of 
One to the Clerk of this Board 

I think Mayberry should be sent for and Frisbie put in his 
Stead immediately pray give Orders for it 

(Signed) J R 
A Letter to Lieu* Abell Frisbee 
M r . Abell Frisbee 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy 

board Direct that you do Immediately Repair on board the State 
Schooner Rattle Snake now at Spencers Inlet, and that you take the 
Command of Said Schooner, and remain with her in Spencers Inlet 
till you receive further Orders from the Board, and that you do not 
Suffer any of the Officers or Men to leave the Vessel on any pre- 
tence, and that you do send Capt n Mayberry Directly up to Town, 
as the Commissioners have Business of the Greatest Consequence to 
Communicate to him, Should Capt". Mayberry on any pretence 
refuse to Come up (to Town) you are to put him under an Arrest 
for which this shall be your Sufficient Warrant 
Navy Board j By Order of the Board 

Feb io th 1779 ( Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

You are to deliver this Letter directed to Cap 1 . Mayberry 
A Letter to Capt". James Mayberry 
Capt n . James Mayberry 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board 

Direct that you do on Receipt of this Immediately proceed to 
Charles Town, as the Commissioners have Business of great Import- 
ance to Communicate to you, and they have Directed M r . Frisbee to 
take the Command of the Rattle Snake during your Absence from 

1 The term of office of President Lowndes having expired and the consti- 
tution of 1778 having provided that the title of his successor should be 
changed to governor and commander-in-chief, the General Assembly on Feb- 
ruary gth elected John Rutledge to be the first governor of the State of South 
Carolina. 



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her, This you are to Inform your Officers off and Direct that they 
Obey him as their Captain By Order of the Board 

Navy Board the ) Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

io th Feb y 1779 j 

A Letter to M r . Stephen Duvall 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do not by any 
means Pilot or Carry to Sea any Vessel whatever, nor that you do 
not Suffer any of the pilots or hands belonging to the Eagle Pilot 
Boat to Carry to Sea any Vessel untill further Orders from the 
Commissioners of the Navy Board 

Feb y . io th 1779 By Order of the Board 

M r . Stephen Duvall Edw d Blake first Comm r . 

A Coppy of the above dd M r . Alex 1 " Elsenore of the Tryall pilot boat 

Letters to Each Mess rs . Luke Swain, Tho s Ross & W m Pharo- 
Pilots- 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the .Navy Direct that you do not 
b [break] any Means Pilot or Carry to Sea any Vessel whatever 
untill further Orders from the Commissioners of the Navy Board 
Febry. io th 1779 By Order of the Board 

Edw d . Blake first Com [break] 

The Board agreed to have the Eagle Pilot Boat Sent to the Old 
Ship Yard (Late Cochrans) to be Altered as they may think proper 
to Direct in Consequence of which the following Letter was wrote 
to M r . Stephen Duvall 

Navy Board Feb y . II th 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct that the Eagle 
Pilot boat be Immediately Carried up to the Old Ship Yard (Late 
Cochrans) and that all her Stores be Landed and a particular 
Inventory of them be delivered to M r . Calvert ; that a Careful Hand 
be directed to remain on Board, and that you do Immediately take 
Charge of the Beaufort Pilot boat, and that she be Employed in the 

pilotage Business in the room of the Eagle 

To By Order of the Board 

M r . Stephen Duvall Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

The Clerk was Ordered to pay Lieu 1 . Rich d Wells) 
Lieu*, of the Hornet his wages to the io th Ins'. 

Adjourned to next Monday Evening 6 oClock 



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Navy Board Monday 15 th February 1779' ' 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Geo Ab 1 . Hall, Edw d Darrell, John Edwards, Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
A Letter from his Excellency the Governor dated 13 th Ins* 
Sir/ Feb 1 3 th 1779 

I Request that the Commiss rs . of the Navy will, as Soon as 
possible Meet, Call together the Captains of Vessels in this Port, 
and the Ship Carpenters, and having Confer'd with them concerning 
the Building, or procuring, floating Batteries, Gallies, and Other 
Vessels, for the protection and Defence of the Harbours, Coast, 
and Inlets of this State, that they Digest, and report to me Such a 
plan or Scheeme for this purpose, as, in their Opinion will be most 
effectual and practicable Your Obed*. Serv 1 . 

Edward Blake Esq r . (signed) J Rutledge 

first Commiss r . of the Navy of S Carolina 

Resolved that the following persons be Summoned to attend 
the Board Tomorrow at 4 oClock in the afternoon to give their 
Opinion upon the foregoing Letter viz 

Mess rs . Pritchard, Wallace, Lawrence, Shrewsberry Edgar, 
Hamilton, and Capt n . Anthony 

An Order was drawn on the Treasury in fav r ..of 
Nath 1 Havens wages due him as purser on board the Brigg) 

Hornet to the 7 th Ins 1 , being 9 Mo s a ^35 \^3 1 5 ~ 

The Clerk was Ordered to pay Lieu*. Will" 1 Sisk 250 

Adjourned to Tomorrow Evening 4 oClock 



Navy Board ...... Tuesday i6 th February 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 

Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

Josiah Smith, Geo Ab*. Hall, Edw d Darrell Esq rs 
The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

The Ship Carpenters, and Cap*. Anthony, Attended the Board 

According to Summons Except M r . Wallace who was gone in the 

Country 

The Following Letter was wrote to his Excell cy the Governor in 

Answer to his of the 13 th 



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Navy Board i6 th February 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy conformable to your Excell c 
[break] Letter of the 13 th have Consulted Mess rs . Pritchard, Hamil- 
ton Edgar, Shrewsberry & Lawrence Ship Carpenters also Capt n . 
Anthony who upon Stating the Subject to them are of Opinion that 
the following Vessels may be got ready 

a Large Schooner at present belonging to Alex r Wright Esq r (who 
Asks 1 6,000 for her and her Materials) may be Compleated in a 
fortnight to Mount 4-12 pounders to fight them on either Side 
A Boat belonging to the public at Pritchards yard to mount 1-26 
pounder in i- Month 

A Boat belonging to M r John Berwick who asks 8000 for her to 
Mount 1-26 pounder I Month 

A Boat on the Hard at Trotts Point Owner not known by the 
Commiss rs to Mount 1-26 Pounder I Month 
A Boat of Col. Laurens's to Mount 1-26 pounder I Month 
The Beaufort Gaily to Carry 2-12 & 8-4 pounders may be 
Launched in a Month 

The Ribbs of a Ship now on the Stocks at the Ship Yard may be 
finished to carry 10-26 pounders to fight on either side to draw 
about 7 feet water & be ready in 3 Months if Materials can be pro- 
cured and 30 hands 

The Commissioners of the Navy upon inquiring of the Ship 
Carpenters find that there are about 120 Ship Carpenters White and 
Black (Including their own hands) in and about Charles Town, 
many of whom are employed at Present upon private work and who 
the Commissioners are of opinion it may be necessary to have an 
Order from your Excellency to induce them to engage in the public 
Yards 
To By Order of the Board 

His Excellency ) Edw d Blake first Commiss r . 

the Governor V 

Then Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 6 oClock 



Navy Board. . .'.,,'. . . . Thursday i8 th . Febr^ 1779 
Adjourned to next Monday Even* 6 oClock 



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Navy Board ". . . . Monday 22 d February 1 779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 
Josiah Smith, John Edwards, Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 

A Letter from his Excellency the Governor in Answer to One of the 
i6 th 
Sir/ Cha s Town Feb^ 17 th 1779 

I Laid the Inclosed Report before the Council their Advice is, 
that the Commissioners of the Navy be directed to Engage and fitt 
for the public service the first Six Vessells therein Mentioned, that 
such 3 or 4 of them as will be most serviceable and can be soonest 
Dispatched be finished with all possible Expedition, that as many 
workmen as can be procured be Employed in that service This 
Advice coinciding with my Opinion I Request that the Navy Board 
will take the most Effectual Means for carrying the Measure into 
Execution as speedily as possible It is Expected that all private 
work, at Ship yards will be laid aside untill the public is served in 
this Matter so that they may be, done with the utmost speed, and 
you will notify to me the Names of any who refuse to Comply with 
this Expectation should there be any such which I hope there will 
not I am Sir 

Edw 4 Blake Esq r . first ] Y r . very Hbl e Serv f . 

Comm r . of the Navy ^ signed J Rutledge 

M r . Wallace attended the Board this Evening and agreed to under- 
take to finish a Galley as soon as possible after he receives the Vessel 
for that purpose 

A Letter to M r . Paul Pritchard of the 17 th 
M r . Paul Pritchard 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board 

request that you do lay a Side all private work at the State Yard, 
and that you Employ all the Hands belonging to the Yard to work 
on the large Flatt and have her altered, Sufficiently Strengthened 
and Compleatly fitted as a Galley to Mount One Twenty six pound 
Cannon in the Bows and Two smaller Guns in the waist to fight 
them all on Either side Occasionally, with stocks to Mount Eight or 
Ten Swevels Guns, and to row with as many Oars as possible to be 
fitted with Masts and Yards, to carry two Latteen Sails .... 
Febry 17 th 1779 By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 



A Note to John Lewis Gervais Esq r 

Edward Blake presents his Compliments to John Lewis Gervais 
Esq r . and Acquaints him that the Commissioners of the Navy Board 
having received an Order from his Excellency the Governor to fitt 
out Several Galleys for the protection of the Inlets in this State, 
have Consulted all the principle Carpenters on the most Expeditious 
way to Carry said Order into Execution, they recommend that the 
Commissioners should purchase Several Vessels Mentioned by them 
as fitt for that Service One of which belongs to the Honbl e . Henry 
Laurens Esq r ., as that Gentleman is off the State, and you have the 
principle direction of his affairs, the Board of Commissioners will be 
much Obliged to you if you will let them have her for the use above 
Mentioned which will be doing a very Esential Service to the State 
in General And whatever price she may be appraised at they will 
readily pay 

Febry. i8 th . 1779 - j 
John Lewis Gervais Esq r 

A Letter to M r . Dan 1 Smith Commissary 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct that you do 
Endeavour by Every means in your power to procure with all 
possible Dispatch Six 6 Inch Hawsers of Sixty fathoms Long Each, 
and all the small Cordage from One to Three Inches that you possi- 
bly can for the use of the Naval Department 
To Dan 1 Smith 1 By Order of the Board- 

Naval Commissary L Edw d Blake first Commiss r . 

1 8 th Feby. 1779. . 

A Letter to M r David Edgar 
M r . David Edgar 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Naval Departm 1 

Request that you do with all possible Dispatch finish & Launch the 
Beaufort Galley, and that you do Immediately furnish the Clerk of 
the Board with the Dementions of all the Sparrs, that the Rigging 
and Sails may be provided in time and that you do Engage any 
Number of hands you may think Necessary, and any Materials or 
Sparrs that may be wanted for said Vessel 
Febry. i8 th 1779 ) By Order of the board 

M r David Edgar \ Edw d Blake first Commiss r 



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A Letter to M r . Edward Shrewsberry 
M r . Edward Shrewsberry 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy 

boar [break] request that you will Immediately Employ as many 
han [break] to work on the Schooner (Late M r . Wrights) as you 
possibly [break] to advantage, and that you will with all possible 
Dispatch have her Altered and Compleated for a Galley to Mount 
One Twenty six pound Cannon in her Bow, and to be able to fight 
4. Eighteen pounders on Either side By Order of the board 

Febry. i8 th 1779 Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 

M r . Shrewsberry will be pleased to take Immediate Charge of 
Coll Laurens boat now laying at Prioleaus Wharf and have her put 
in Immediate good Order for the service required 

I am Sir 
19 th Febry. 1779 Your Hbl e Serv 1 . 

Edw d Blake 

A Note from the first Comm r . to his Excellency the Cover 1 " 
Edw r Blake Presents his Compliments to his Excellency the Govern 1 " 
and Acquaints him that on receipt of his Directions to fitt the Galleys 
he wrote to M r . Gervais respecting Coll Laurens Boat and 
Acquainted him the State was realy in want of her, and beged he 
would spare her, that she should be appraised, and the Commiss rs 
would pay the Value, he this Afternoon rece d . the Inclosed, and 
would be glad of your Excellencys Directions respecting her and 
whether or not the Commiss rs may promise to return her to M r Ger- 
vais when the Public may be done with her, Should they be directed 
to take her 

She is now in Town and may be ready very soon E B will 
be glad of your Excellencys Answer as Early as possible as an 
Answer cannot be given to M r . Gervais till then 

19 th Feby. 1779 ) 

His Excellency the Governor \ 

M r Gervais's Letter refered to by the first Commiss r . 
M r . Gervais presents his Compliments to M r . Blake and Acquaints 
him that he Consulted M r Laurens's Attorneys Concerning the 
Boat who are of Opinion that if she is absolutely wanted for public 
service, the public must have her, but they are sorry that after being 
Obliged to break up four plantations the means of receiving any 
Advantage from his Other plantation will b [break] taken away 
particularly when it was considered that two yea [break] ago the 



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public had already a Vessel of his, and refused to let him have her 
again when the public wanted her no longer, be [break] she could 
be sold for more money at public sale, Therefore it would appear 
reasonable to leave him at least as the last resort, at any rate M r . 
Gervais hopes she wont be appraised less than she Cost, and that 
when the public shall have no longer use for her he shall have the 
refusal at the same price he will be allowed, and that she shall be 
put in the same Order she is delivered 
Fryday 19* Feb^. 1779 

His Excellency the Governors Answer 

I think the Terms proposed by M r . Gervais reasonable viz That the 
public sh d . allow what the Boat Cost and return her when they have 
no further Occasion for her at the same rate if Required but I pre- 
sume the former wo d be satisfactory However when the public wants 
her no longer, the present Owner sho d Certainly have her returned if 
he Chuses it with 1 , any advance of price 
A Note to M r . John Stevenson 
M r . Stephenson 

Sir/ 

please furnish Cap*. Pyne with a Schooner to 
take on board the Hornets Guns till the Brigg is Cleaned 
22 d Febry 1779 I am Yours & c 

Edw d Blake 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treas y for in fav r . of 
Dan 1 Smith Commissary to purchase Necessary stores^ 

for the use of the Navy dated i8 th . Ins 1 ( 2000 - 

Will" 1 Russell for an Anchor for the Brigg Hornet mi . . 5 

John Calvert for the Tryal Pilot boats pay bill to the) 

13 th Janry Last C 672 - 

John Scott Jun r . for Mahogany for the Hobcaw Ship 

Y d 1712. 7 

Jacob Boomer 3 Beef Acco ts . viz 

Ship Yard late Cochrans 800 . 5 

Notre Dame 85 . 10 

Sloop Family Trader 57-7-6 

943- 2.6 



6438. .14.6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5 oClock 



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I 
Navy Board Thursday 25 th Febr^ 1779 

Adjourned to next Monday Evens 5 oClock 



Navy Board Saturday 27 th February 1779 

Extra Meeting 
The Board Mett According to Summons 

Present Edward Blake Esq r first Commiss r 

John Edwards Edward Darrell ) Esn rs 

Josiah Smith George A Hall . . ( 
The Minutes of Last Meeting was read 
A Note from his Excellency the Governor 
Sir/ 

Be pleased to put Cap 1 . Turner who is appointed to the Com- 
mand of the Eagle Pilot boat the Necessary Instructions and Direc- 
tions for having her Ready for Service, as soon as possible 
Feb y 25 th 1779 Your Most Obed 1 Serv* 

To Edward Blake Esq r . first j (Signed) J Rutledge 

Commis 1 " of the Navy \ 

The Board agreed to Take M r Wrights Schooner at the price pro 

[breakjosed by M r . Thomas Waring which is 16000 

Ordered that Cap 1 . Turner Ship hands for the Eagle Pilot 
boa [break] to make up his Complement Twenty five Officers 
Included and that Mess rs . Smith and Knights Ship Ten hands 
Each for the Galleys to be Commanded by them 
A Letter to his Excellency the Governor 

Navy Board 26 th Febr y 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board beg leave to Inform 
your Excellency that they are in want of a Quantity of Rum & 
Flower for the use of the Naval Department that the Commissary 
has Inform d this -Board that he Cannot purchase Flower under 
Seventy pounds <P 100 w*. and West India Rum One Hh d . Only for 
Seventeen pounds io/ all Other persons Ask Twenty pounds ^ 
Gallon, Carolina Rum Fifteen pounds <p Gallon The Commissioners 
will be glad of your Excellencys advice respecting the purchase of 
those Necessary Articles 

By Order of the Board 

His Excellency ) Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

the Governor 



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A Letter from the Clerk of this Board to the first Commissioner 
Sir/ 

A place has lately Offered (that is purchasing Commissary of 
Pliblic Stores) for which I offered myself a Candidate, and was 
Yesterday by the Governor and Privy Council, Elected to that 
Office on which I am Obliged to decline the Office of Clerk to the 
Navy Board, I hope no Gentleman of that Honorable Board will 
blame me for so doing. M r . Edwards on my being Elected desired 
I would Think of some proper person to Supply or fill that Vacancy, 
I am of Opinion if agreable to the Gentlemen of the Board, that M r . 
William Birt is a fitt person for that office, who is willing to under- 
take it. Should the Gentlemen not think of any One Else they may 
think more fitt 

Cha s Town 26 th Febr y 1779 1 I am D r - Sir with due respect 

To Edward Blake Esq r first Your Most Obed* Hbl e Serv 4 
Commiss 1 " of the Navy Board I John Calvert 

A Letter to Cap 4 . Robert Cochran 
Sir/ Navy Board 27 th Febr y 1779 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board again request that you 
do Settle with M r . John Calvert for all such Monies as has been 
received by you for Powder Money, Buoys & Beacons, as there is a 
Necessity of that Account being Immediately Settled, and the 
Money paid into the Hands of the Clerk of this Board 

To Cap* Cochran By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commis cr 
Adjourned to next Monday Evening 5 oClock 



Navy Board Monday I st March 1779 

The Board Mett According to Adjournment 
Present Edward Blake Esq r . first Commissioner 

John Edwards, Roger Smith Edward Darrell Esq rs 

The Minutes of last Meeting was read 
Order of the Privy Council 

In the Privy Council Wednesday 24 th Febr y 1779 
Ordered that Will m Tryon late Lieu 1 of the Notre Dame be 
appointed Captain of the .Beaufort Galley he being the Eldest Lieu* 
in the Service 

By his Excellency the Governor 
with the Advice of the Board - 
(Signed) Jn Colcock Sec^. P*. O 



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Order of the Privy Council 

In the Privy Council Saturday 27 th Febr y 1779 
Ordered that the Navy Board do send out the Rattlesnake & Hornet 
on a Cruize that the Rattlesnake do land at Beaufort the Stores she 
has on board for that place, and then Join the Hornet and Gontinue 
Cruising with her for not more than Ten days and that the Rattle- 
.sake do go to and be stationed at S* Helina 

By his Excellency the Governor with 

the Advice of the Board 
(Signed) Jn Colcock Sec^ P y - O 
, Instructions for Cap 1 . Abel Frisbee 

Navy Board February the 28 th 1779 
Sir/ 

With the Schooner Rattle Snake now under your Command 
you are to Embrace the first favourable Opertunity to proceed to Sea 
in Company with the State Brigg Hornet and the privateer Brigg 
Munmouth, and to Cr[ break] in Company with them Vessels a long 
the Coast until you get as far to the Southward as S l Helina Sound, 
or Port Royal Bar which ever may be most Convenient and safe for 
you to go into, you are then to proceed with all possible Dispatch to 
Beaufort, where you are to Deliver all the Stores you have on board 
for that Fort, to the Commanding Officer there & take his receipt 
for the same, after Landing all the stores at Beaufort you are then 
to go to S* Helina and there remain, untill you receive further 
Orders from the Board, During the time you are on the Cruize, or 
that you may be Stationed at S 4 . Helina, you are to Endeavour by 
every means in Your power to Take, Sink, Burn, or Destroy any 
Vessels or Goods belonging to the King of Great Britain, or any 
of his Subjects (Except such as belong to the Islands of Bermuda 
or new Providence, and all prizes Taken by you during the Cruize, 
you are to send to Charles Town or some safe Inlet in the State of 
South Carolina, and you are to Treat all presioners with Humanity 
and Tenderness and to Advise the Board by every Opertunity of 
Every Transaction worth Communicating, The Commissioners par- 
ticularly recommend that you Endeavour by Every means in your 
power to Cultivate Harmony and Good understanding among the 
officers and Seamen, and that you Cause a regular and good Com- 
mand to be Carried by all the Officers in their different Stations, and 
that you have the whole of the Vessels Company properly Quartered 
and Stationed, and regularly Exercised, to the Cannon and Small 
Arms Once Every Day, And that the rules of the Navy be Con- 



249 . 

stantly hung up in some public part of the Vessel where they may 
at all times be seen by any of the Crew, and that the same be pub- 
licly read to the whole Vessels Company Once every week You 
are to be particularly Carefull that no Provissions or Stores belong- 
ing to [break] Vessel be waisted or Extravigently Expended, and 
you are to Cause Ev [break] Warrant Officer to keep an Exact and 
Regular Account of all Stor^ Expended in their Different Depart- 
ments, and make a regular return to you Once Every Month, which 
you are Carefully to Examine and when found right to Sign them, 
and at the End of the Cruize, you are to Cause Each of them to 
Deliver to the Clerk of the Navy Board a General return of all 
Stores Expended, and of all Stores of Every kind that remain on 
Board, as no pay Bill will be allowed untill such returns have been 
examined by the Board 

As an Encouragement to the Offijcers and Seamen in the Navy of 
this State, to Engage privateers belonging to the Enemy, the State 
has agreed that all Vessels fitted out by the Enemy against the 
United States of America Taken by any of the States Vessels shall 
belong wholy to the Captors, and if any Man in the service shall be 
anyways Maimed or Disabled in any Engagement with the Enemy, 
he is provided for, And if any man is killed and Leaves a wife and 
Child they are to be provided for by the State this you are fre- 
quently to Inform the whole Crew off 

By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter fo Cap 1 . John Turner 

Navy Board February 28 th 1779 
Cap*. John Turner 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Naval Department 

Direct .that you do Attend the Altering and fitting of the Eagle 
pilot boat and that you do hurry the Carpenters all in your power, 
and that no delay may happen for want of hands to man her, you 
are directed Immediately to Ship all your Officers, and Men, to 
Serve Six Months, And as an Encouragement for Seamen to Enter 
into the Service you are to pay to Every Seaman, at the time he 
signs Articles Thirty Dollars Bounty, for which purpose the Board 
will supply you with Money You are also to make out proper 
Indents of all such stores as you will want for a Cruize of three 
Months, and Deliver said Indents to the Commissary for the Naval 



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Department, who has Orders to furnish the same without Delay 

By Order of the Board 

To Cap 1 . John Turner of | Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

the pilot boat Eagle } 

Instructions for Capt n James Pyne 

Capt n James Pyne Navy Board February 28 th 1779 

Sir/ 

The State Brigg Hornet of which you are 

Captain being now Compleatly fitted, well Manned, and having a full 
Quantity of Provisions and Stores, and now ready to proceed on a 
Cruiz [break] the Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct that you 
do Embrace the first faviourable Opertunity to proceed to Sea in 
Company with the State Schooner Rattle Snake Capt n Frisbee, and 
the privateer Brigg of war Munmouth Capt n Ingersall, and that you 
Continue to Cruize in Company Close a Long the Coast, as far to the 
Southward as Tybee, and as far to the Northward as Cape Fear, 
not Exceeting Ten days from the time you leave Charles Town 
Barr, during which time you are by every means in your power, 
Endeavour to Take, Sink Burn, or Destroy, any of the Vessels or 
goods belonging to the King of Great Britain or any of his Subjects, 
Except such as belong to the Islands of Bermuda or new providence 
and in order to prevent Seperation during the Cruize you are to 
furnish Cap ts . Frisbee and Ingersall with proper Signals, before you 
Sail Over the Bar of Charles Town The Commissioners particularly 
recommend that you do Endeavour by every means in your power 
to Cultivate Harmony and a Good Understanding, between all the 
Officers and Seamen, on board the Different Vessels, and that you 
Cause a regular and good Command to be Carried by all the Officers 
in their different stations on board the Hornet, and that you have all 
the Vessels Company properly Quartered and Stationed before you 
leave the Harbour, and that you Cause them to be regularly Exer- 
cised to the Great Guns and small Arms Once every day, and that 
the Rules of the Navy to be Constantly fixed in some public part of 
the Vessel where they may at all times be seen by any of the Crew 
and that the same be publickly read to the whole Vessells Company 
Once every week You are not to Suffer any provissions or Stores 
belonging to the Vessel to be wasted or Extravigantly Expended, 
and you are to Cause every Warrant Officer to keep Exact and reg- 
ular Accounts of all Stores Expended in their different Depart- 
ments and make regular returns to you [break] very Month, 
which you are Carefully to Examine and when /ound right to sign 



251 

them, and at the End of three Months you are to Cause Each of 
them to return to the Clerk of the Board a General return of all 
stores Expended, and of all Stores of every kind that remain on 
board as no pay bill will be passed till such returns have been 
Examined Should you be so fortunate as to take any prize, you 
are to put on board a proper person as prize Master with a sufficient 
number of men to Navigate her with Orders to proceed to Charles 
Town or some Inlet in the State of South Carolina, and to treat all 
prisoners with Humanity and Tenderness, and by Every Opertunity 
Advise the Board of Every Transaction worth Communicating As 
an Encouragement to the Officers and Seamen in the Navy of this 
State to Engage privateers belonging to the Enemy, the state has 
agreed that all Vessells fitted out by the Enemy to Cruize against the 
United States of America, taken by any of the State Vessels shall 
belong wholy to the Captors, and in Case any man in the Service 
shall be maimed or any way disabled, he is provided for, and if any 
man is Killed in the service and leave a wife or Children they are to 
be provided for by the State, this you are to Inform the whole Ves- 
sels Company of . By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Cornmiss r 
A Letter to Cap*. Thomas Smith 

Navy Board February 28 th 1779 
Cap 1 Tho s Smith 

Sir/ 

the Commissioners of the Navy Board Direct 
that you do Immediately apply to M r . Edward Shrewsberry for 
the Length of the Masts and Yards, that the Sails may be made for 
the South Edisto Galley, which is now fitting by him and which you 
are appointed Captain off, and that you do attend and Hurry the 
Carpenters all in your power And that no delay may happen for 
want of hands to Compleat the Riging & c . [break] Commissioners 
Direct that you do Immediately Ship all y [break] officers and Ten 
Men to Serve as Seamen for Six Months which is the Time you are 
to Enlist all your Men for, And to every Man Enlisting as above you 
are to pay Thirty Dollar [break] Bounty on his signing the Articles 
The Commissioners will furnish you with Money for that purpose 
You are Immediately to make out proper Indents of all the Stores 
of every kind that you may want to Compleat and fitt said Galley for 
service, which Indent you are to Deliver to M r . Daniel Smith Com- 



252 

missary for the Naval Department who has Orders to furnish the 
same without Loss of time By Order of the Board 

Eclw d Blake first Commiss r 
A Letter to M r . Dan 1 Smith Commissary 

M r . Dan 1 Smith Navy Board February 28^1779. 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Naval Department 
Direct that you do furnish Capt n . Thomas Smith of the South Edisto 
Galley and Capt" John Turner of the Eagle pilot boat with all such 
provissions and stores as may be wanted to fitt said Vessels for Ser- 
vice and that you direct the Different Blockmakers to make a Num- 
ber of Six, Eight, Nine and Ten Inch Blocks for the different Gal- 
leys now fitting out, and that you also Engage Cables and Cordage 
to Supply said Vessels with, that no delay may Happen for want of 
any Article after the Carpenters are done with them . 
Dan 1 Smith Esq r . ] By Order of the Board 

Commiss y for Naval |> Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 

Department 

A Letter to M r . Samuel Beekman 

M r . Sam 1 Beekman ' Navy Board February 28 th 1779 

Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Board are 

in Immediate want of a Compleat Sett of Blocks for the New Brigg 
now on the Stocks at the State Ship Yard (late Cochraw^) they 
desire that you will with all possible dispatch Furnish said Blocks, 
And as there is a Necessity for fitting said Vessel for Immediate 
service with Dispatch, the Commissioners request that you will set 
a side all private work untill you have finished what may be wanted 
to Compleat said Brigg, as soon as the work is Compleated the 
Board will Order Immediate payment 
M r .Sam 1 Beekman & Co By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss 1 " 
A Letter to Capt n . William Hall- 
Navy Board I st March 1779 
Sir/ 

The Commissioners of the Navy Direct that you do with all 
possible Dispatch get the Brigg Notre Dame Compleatly fitted and 
Manned to proceed on a Cruize, and in Order to Encourage Seamen 
to Enter into the Service of the State the Bounty is Advanced to 
Thirty Dollars for every able Seaman that may Enlist for Six 
Months, the Commissioners recommend that you do Exert yourself 



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all in your power to get said Brigg ready, as the service of the State 
at this time requires it 

By Order of the Board 

Cap 1 . Will Hall Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

Resolved that Three Negroes purchased by M r . Paul Pritchard from 
Waring Esq r . be for the use of the State Ship Yard at 
Hobcaw, and that the first Commissioner do Join in Bond with M r . 
Pritchard for payment of the purchase Money for the said Three 
Negroes By Order of the Board 

Edw d Blake first Commiss r 

M r . William Birt made application to the Board by Letter Directed 
to the first Commissioner to Become Clerk of the Navy Board in 
the place of John Calvert who has Resigned The Board took M r . 
Birts Application into Consideration and he was thereupon Sworn 
in .Clerk to the said Board 

The following Orders was drawn on the Treasury in favo r . of 
John Calvert for Amo 1 . of the Notre Dames pay) 

bill to the 2O th Febr^ 1779 being 4 Months ( ^5 l 5 l .6 [break] 

White & Doughty for 33 Bbls Tarr sold the Commis- 
sary a 12 396- 

Tho s Corbett for 400 w 4 Shott. . .dd. . .ditto, .a 157. . 300 - 
Will" 1 Selthridge his acco 1 as Boat keeper to 17 th 

Jam-* 251. 5 

James Bricken for Langrage & Sundrys for the Rattle 

Snake 143. 2 



6241 . . 13. .6 
Adjourned to next Thursday Evening 5 oClock l 

'Here ends the fourth of the small books in which the journal was kept, 
and here also end the entries by John Calvert. There is a break in the 
journal to Thursday, July 22, 1779. The next of the small books in which 
the original journal was kept, and which had been bound in with the other 
four by the New York authorities, was a little larger than the first four, and 
the fire burned it so deeply on the back that the stitching all came out, and 
when it was received from New York it was impossible to tell whether it 
had begun where Calvert's journal had left off and the part between March 
i, and July 22, had been lost as a consequence of the fire, or whether that 
part of the journal had been kept in another small book that had never been 
acquired by New York. 



INDEX 



Aberdie, Mr., 24. 

Act for appointing Commissioners to 

Superintend and Direct the Naval 

Affairs of South Carolina, 3-4, 5, 

181. 
Act for the better Regulating of 

Pilots, 147, 148, 178. 195. 196. 
Acteon (British vessel destroyed in 

attack on Fort Moultrie), 80. 
Addison, Thomas, 140. 
Adventure (sloop). 49. 
Advertisements, 5, 7. 10, 22. 37, 38, 

45, 59, 100, 106, 143, 147, 182, 187, 

201. 

Albany, N. Y., 4. 
Alfoney, John, 214. 
Allen, Edward, 5-6. 6, 7, 9, 22, 28 

(2), 29, 31, 34 (2), 38, 42, 49, 51. 

60, 74 (2). 96; Letters to, 10, 13, 

22-23. 3O. 32, 32-33 ; Instructions 

for, 35-36, 61-62, 74-75. 
Allen, James, 219. 

Allen, William, 69, 204, 208, 216 (2). 
America, 78, 122, 162, 249, 251. 
American Archives (Force), 4. 
Ammonette. Captain, 26 (2). 
Amunitions, 18. 
Anderson, Thomas, 64. 
Anthony, Hezekiah, 29, 30, 91, I2O. 

121, 124 (2). 129. 130, 133. 134, 

135 (2), 136. 140, 160, 240 (2). 241 : 

Letters to, 119-120, 158, 160, 176- 

177- 

Appalachicola, 90 
Arms, 17. 19, 86. 103. 
Arsenal, 122, 129 ; Clerk of the, 122. 
Atkinson, Joseph. 205 ; Letter to, 228. 
Atkinson, Bourdeaux &, 128. 
Atkinson & Co., Joseph, Letter to, 

208. 

Atmar, Ralph, 145. 
Attorney General, 3, 136 (2). 
Audley & Hopkins, 166. 
Austin (schooner), 41. 
Axon. William, 168. 



Bachop, Capt., 171, 185. 

Baking, 60, 61, 65, 138, 187, 202, 232, 
233- 

Baldridge, Alexander, 25. 

Ballast, 43, 44, 125. 

Basden, Charles, 236. 

Battoes, 66, 192, 196. 

Beacons, 147, 152 (2), 153, 181, 182 
(3), 186, 189, 247- 

Beard, Robert, 96, 148. 

Beaufort, 48 (2), 50, 54, 61, 86 (2), 
87 (2), 88, 89, 91, 92, 105, 229, 247, 
248 (2) ; Galley at, 61, 74, 84, 86, 
87 (2), 89, 98 (4), 101, 102, 105. 
106, 107, 131 (2), 133, 140, 143, 147 
(2), 149, 150 (2), 151, 152, 153, 
154. 155, 156, 164, 166, 176, 178, 
179, 181, 189, 192, 196, 197, 206, 
210. 241, 243; Pilot boat at, 157, 
236, 239. 

Beaufort (sloop), 43, 44, 55, 68, 70 
(2), 71, 72 (3), 83 (3), 85 (2), 
86, 87 (3), 88, 93 (2), 95- 96, 99, 
1 02, 107. 

Beef, 7, 20, 22, 24, 25, 29, 34, 36, 39, 
Si- 54, 56, 57 (3), 58 (2), 68, 83, 
roo, 102 (2), 106, 107, 108, 112, 
113,' 126, 139, 141 (2), 143, 161, 
. 163, 164, 166, 175, 192, 200, 201, 
208, 210, 223, 230, 233, 245. 

Beekman, Samuel, Letter to, 252. 

Beer, 140. 

Begby & Manson, 90, 177; Wharf of, 
Hobcaw, 128; Ship yard of, Hob- 
caw, 165, 177, 180, 197. 

Belcher, Richard, 216. 

Bellona, 128. 

Benfield, John, 51. 

Bennie, William, 61. 

Bermuda, 35. 53, 62, 74. 78, 90, 103, 
216, 228, 229, 232, 248, 250. 

Berreman, Samuel, 179. 

Berwick. John, 241. 

Biddle, Nicholas, 129,130, 134; Letter 
to, 134. 



2*6 



Bill for appointing Commissioners to 
Superintend and Direct the Naval 
Affairs of South Carolina, 3-4. 

Biscuits, 60. 

Black, James, 16, 17 (2), 26, 48, 54, 
56, 82, 98; Letter to, 55-56. 

Blacksmith's work, 68, 76, 88, 210. 

Blake, Edward, 21, 57, 58, 64, 76, 91, 
98; Commissioner of the Navy, 3, 
5 ; First Commissioner thereof. 5- 
13, 15-17, 19-21, 22-73, 75-104- 1 06- 
119, 124-141, 143-163, 165-194, 196- 
202, 204-227, 229-231. 233, 235-247, 
249-253. 

Blake, John, 21, 58, 98, 154. 

Blake & Sawyer, 99, 107, 113, 161, 
164, 1 66, 223. 

Blockmaking, blockmakers, 71, 76, 77, 
155, 158, 252. 

Blundell, Capt., 42. 

Boards, 81, 88, 121, 127, 164, 178 (2). 
(See plank.) 

Boatkeeper, Public, 7, 21, 26-27, 40, 
71, 151-152, 159, 201 (2). 209, 218, 
253. (See also Alexander Horn, 
McCulley Righton, William Selth- 
ridge.) 

Bochet. Anthony. 210. 

Bochet, Martha, 210. 

Bonneau, Anthony, 10 (2), 30, 49, 58; 
Letters to, 8, n, 48, 49 (3). 51, 57, 
106-107, 112-113, 125-126, 154*. 

Bonneau. Josiah, 229, 230. 

Bonniet, John, 140. 

Bonsall, Samuel, 76. 

Boomer, Jacob, 145, 161. 200, 245. 

Bounties, 19, 66, 114 (2), 116, 117, 

Il8, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124. 140, 169, 

203 (2), 204. 207, 208, 230,251, 252; 

Increase of, 209 (2). 
Bourdeaux, Daniel, 175, 197; Letter 

from, 123. 

Bourdeaux & Atkinson, 128. 
Bowen, George, 137 (Bowing), 149. 
Boyd, Mrs. Frances, 192. 
Boyd. James, 192. 
Bread, 11, 12. 32, 54, 128, 138, 156, 

174. 192. 233. 
Bricken, James, 91, 138. 230, 253. 



Briggs, James, 162 (2), 172, 191, 232; 
Instructions to, 173. 

British islands, West Indies, 19, 23. 

Broad River (Beaufort District), 48. 

Brotherer, John, 64. 

Broughton's Battery, 131. 

Broun & Co., Archibald, n, 54, 101 ; 
Letter to, 12. 

Brown, Tarlton, 147, 176. 

Bruce, David, 38. 

Brunswick (ship), 136. 

Bryan, James. 140, 236. 

Buckle, George, 92. 

Buckle, Thomas, 197, 226 (2), 227, 
229. 

Building (ships, gallies, boats, etc.), 
14, 15, 16, 16-17. 17, 26, 27, 37, 55, 
56, 61, 66, 74, 76, 77, 80, 82, 142, 176, 
197. 199, 234, 240, 252. 

Bull, Stephen, 234. 

Bull's Inlet, 185, 186, 190. 

Bull's Island, 183 (4). 

Buoys, 147, 247. 

Burkmyer, Charles. 24. 

Burnhouse, John, 210. 

Burrows. William Ward. 81. 

Burt. William, 247 ; Clerk of Com- 
missioners of the Navy, 253. 

Butchers. 208. 

Butler. Thomas, 170. 

Butter, 26, 36. 54, 166. 

Cabouse, 128 (2) ; Valuation of. 130. 

Caesar (ship). 40, 42. 101. 

Cainhoy, 127. 

Call (boatswain's), 34. , 

Calm, Gilbert, 200. 

Calvert, John, 81 ; Clerk of Commis- 
sioners of the Navy, 6, 46, 66, 68. 
82, 106. 108. 116, 118, T2O (2), 121, 
122 (2), 123, 124, 133, 142, 143, 147, 
149, 155. 159 (3), 160, 164, 165. 172, 

178, l82 (2). 187, 200, 206, 239, 245, 

247, 253 (4) ; Orders to, 51 ; Let- 
ters by, 231, 247. 

Cameron, Mackie &, 145. 

Campbell, George, 219. 

Campbell, John, Letter to. 102-103. 

Candles, 51. 

Cannisters, 227. 



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Cannon, 17, 19. 103. 201, 242, 244, 248. 
Canvas. 18, 37, 201, 219, 233. 
Cape Fear, 212, 216, 250. 
Cape Francois, 17, 18, 19, 54, 63, 75, 

79, 89, 93-94, 94, no, ill (2). 
Cape Nichola Mole, 30, 32, 33 (2), 

34, 54, 63, 69 (2), 94 (2), 95. 
Capers, Gabriel, 64 (2), 93. 
Capers's Island, 79, 80. 
Captures, 225, 228, 249, 251. 
Carabasse, Monsieur, 75, 79 (2). 
Caron, Daniel, 144. 
Carpenter's tools, 129. 
Carriages, 137, 138. 
Carson, James, 51. 
Carson, William, 51. 
Cartels, 144 (2), 159, 170, 171 (2), 

176, 194, 196, 217. 
Cartridges, 125, 227 (2), 234. 
Carving, 223. 
Caton, Isaac, 175. 
Cauffman, Jacob, 58, 63, 65. 
Chains, 122. 
Champney's Wharf, Charles Town, 

45, 68. 
Charles Town. 7, n (3), 12, 19, 20, 24, 

33 (2), 35- 37, 40, 41, 42 (3)- 45, 
46 (2). 48, 53 (2), 56, 58, 59, 61, 62 
(2), 63, 71, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 86, 
87, 89 (6), 93 (2), 94 (2), 95, 09, 
103. 105, 107, no (2), 118, 128, 164, 
167, 168, 172, 173, 180, 181, 182, 185, 
186, 188, 191, 193, 196, 198, 213, 232, 
238, 241, 248, 251; Siege of, 4; Bar 
of, 24. 35 (2), 40, 52. 62, 74, 78, 101, 
103, 152 (3), 153 (2), 157, 182 (2), 

194, 211, 212, 2l6 (4), 217, 2l8, 22O, 

221, 225, 228, 232, 250 (2) ; Harbor 
of, 25, 44, 45, 115 (2), 195. 238; 
Bounties offered seamen by mer- 
chants of, 140 ; Works at north end 
of, 170; Merchants of, 216. 

Charles Town Battalion of Artillery, 
227; Grimball's company of. 125. 

Chisolm. Alexander, 65. 

Christ Church Parish, 64. 

Christopher, John. 214. 

Clark, Benjamin. Letter to, 71. 



Clerk of the Commissioners of the 
Navy, 67, 104, 126, 135, 136, 139, 
140 (2), 143, 147 (2), 150, 151, 152, 
153, 154, 155, 159, 160, 161, 163, 165, 
169, 172, 175 (2), 179, 180, 182, 187, 
188, 194, 214 (2), 223, 231 (3), 233, 
236, 238, 240, 243, 247, 251, 253; 
Letter of, 247 ; Advertisement for, 
5 ; Elections of, 6, 253 ; Oath of, 6. 
(See also Calvert and Burt.) 

Clerk of Hobcaw Shipyard, 227. 

Clerkson, Mr., 34. 

Cloth, 199. 

Coal, 68 (2), 119. 

Coasting vessels, 228, 232. 

Cochran, Robert, 43 (2), 44, 47 (2), 
50, 51 (2), 52, 67, 92, 106, 142, 157, 
178; Letters to, 43, 46, 50, 67-68, 
247; Ship yard of, 54-55, 58, 59, 
177 (2), 201. 210, 239, 245, 252; 
Powder Receiver, 179, Letter to, 
178-179, 182. 

Colcock, John, Secretary of the Privy 
Council, 33, 63, 97, 114, 118, 119, 
I2i, 129, 142, 144, 164, 169, 171, 195, 
227, 237 (2), 247, 248. 

Comet (brigantine-of-war), 5 (2), 6 
(2), 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 22 (2), 25, 28, 
29 (2), 30 (2), 31 (2), 32 (2), 33, 
34, 35, 36 (2), 37, 38, 40, 42 (2), 
54, 60 (3), 62 (3), 65 (2), 67 
(2), 68 (5), 74, 75 (4), 83. 84, 86, 
90 (3), 96 (3), 97, ioo, 101 (2), 
102 (3), 103 (3), 104 (2), 105 (2), 
106, 133- 142, 145 (2), 159, I7i, 176, 

196, 198, 200, 202, 214, 219 (2), 23O, 

233; Purser of, 10; Carpenter of, 
104, 231; Carpenter's mate of, 104; 
Boatswain of, 143. 

Commissary General, 36 (Valentine), 
128. 

Commissary of Stores, 128. 

Commissary of the Navy, 7, 10, II, 
13, 15, 73- 83. 92, 95, 123, 129, 131, 
132, 138, 142, 143 (2), 147, 151, 155, 
164, 166, 168, 172, 175, 176, 178, 181, 
183, 192 (2), 194, 197 (2), 200, 202, 
216, 219, 223, 227, 249, 251, 253; 
Letters to. 96, 163, 174, 185, 208, 
243, 252; Orders to, 201-202, 233; 



17. H. C. 



258 



Order of, 156. (See also Edward 
Darrell, Elisha Sawyer and Dan- 
iel Smith.) 

Commissioners for Buying Salt, 138; 
Orders to, 17, 201. 

Commissioners of the Treasury, 21. 

Compasses, 18, 79. 

Congress, Provincial, 124. 

Congress, Continental. (See Conti- 
nental Congress.) 

Connel, Daniel, 32. 

Connor, John, 194. 

Constitution (schooner), 33. 

Continental Agent, 129. 

Continental Congress, 74, 75, 76, 79, 
104, 163 ; Letter to delegates from 
South Carolina to, 77-78; Agent 
for in West India islands, 105 ; 
President of, 214. 

Continental frigate, 66, 134. 

Continental navy, 77; Vessels of the, 
167. 

Continental regiments, 66. 

Continental treasury, 65. 

Continental troops, 191. 

Cook, James, 140; Letter to, 121. 

Cook, William ; Letter to, 127. 

Coopering, 101, 145, 161, 170, 192 (2). 

Cooper's tools, 129. 

Copithorn, John, 45, 47 (4) ; Letters 
to, 8, 40-41, 44, 45, 46, 47. 

Corbett, Mr., 229. 

Corbett, Thomas, 3, 21, 253 ; Commis- 
sioner of the Navy, 3, 6-8, n, 15-16, 
20-21, 24-26, 28-31, 34-36, 38-39, 41, 
48, 52, 54, 57-60, 62-64, 67, 69-71, 73, 
76, 8o-8r, 85, 87-88, 91-93, 96-100, 
104, 108-109, 112-113, US, 117-120, 

122, 124-127, 129-130, 132-133. 136- 
137, 141, 143-144, 146, IS2-I53, 157, 

161-162, 168, 170-171, 174, 176, 179- 
180, 182, 187. 

Cordage, 11, 40, 43, 49, 51, 56, 58, 61, 
70, 87, lor, 146, 157 (2), 166, 172, 
202, 243, 252. 

Council (Privy), 14 (2), 15, 33, 42, 
47, 5i, 54, 63, 66, 80, 82,. 118, 121, 
130, 144, 167, 168, 169, 184, 205, 208, 
209, 247; Orders of, 97, 142, 164, 
170, 170-171, 194-195, 226-227, 237 



(2), 247, 248; Letter from secre- 
tary of, 113-114, 114, 119, 120- 121, 
129. 

Council (Privy) Chamber, 4, 204. 

Council of Safety, Journal of the, 131. 

Courtmartial, 222, 223. 

Creighton, John, 64; Letter to, 59. 

Creighton, Joseph, 84. 

Cripps, Mey &, 129. 

Crouch, Mrs. Ann, Gazette of, 182. 

Crowly, Charles, 208. 

Cruger, Frederick David, 25. 

Cruises, 14, 16, 18-19, 22-23, 30, 35-36, 
48, 52-53, 62-63, 68, 74-75, 78-79, 
89-90, 101, 103-104, 105, 106, 113- 
114, 117, 119-120, 123, 140, 158, 166, 
168-169, 188 (2), 191, 209, 211, 216, 
220, 221, 228-229, 231, 232-233, 248, 
249, 250, 252. 

Currency of South Carolina, 202, 237. 

Cypress, 88. 

D'Oraisore, , 18, 54, 63. 
D'Oraisore & Co., Messrs, 94, no 

(2), in; Letters to, 94, 109-110; 

Bill of exchange on, in. 
D'Ubertas, Dr., 169. 
Dacosta, Isaac, 140 (2). 
Darling, Joseph, 91, 189; Order to, 

234- 

Darrell, Edward, 21, 31, 47 (2), 52 
(2) ; Commissary of the Navy, 13, 
51, 92, 192; Letters to, 9, 34, 36, 
46 (2), 50 (2) ; Orders to, 11, 34, 
51 ; a Commissioner of the Navy, 
91, 93, 96-102, 104, 106, 108-109, 
111-113, IX 5, 117-120, 122, 124-126, 
128, 130, 132-133, U5-I37, 139, 141, 
143-149, 151-156, 160-163, 165-166, 
168-172, 174-176, 179-182, 186-188, 
190, 192-194, 196-198, 200, 202, 206- 
207, 209-210, 214, 217, 219, 223, 225- 
227, 230-233, 235, 237, 240, 246-247. 

Darrell, John, 69. 

Darrell, Smith &, 68, 147 (2^), 157, 
202, 219 ; Letter to, 160. 

Davies, Jonas, 92. 

Dawson, John, 58, 115. 

Defense (brigantine-of-war), 6 (2), 
7, 9, 15, 16 (2), 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 



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22, 23, 30, 33, 38, 40, 52, S3 (3), 56, 
57, 58, 63, 65 (3), 67, 68, 69, 70, 86, 
9i (2), 93, 94, 95, 107, 129, 137, 142, 

144, 149, 154 (2), 164, 171, 175, 210 
(2), 216, 227; Flag for, 34. 

Denney, William, 79. 

Deserters, 6, 74, 169 ; Act respect- 
ing, 9- 

Dickinson, Jeremiah, 204, 208. 

Ditchfield, Thomas, 79, 140, 181. 

Dogharty, James, 74 (2), 87, 98 (3), 
105, 113, 131, 155; Letters to, 56, 
61, 87, 89, 107-108, 131. 

Donaldson, James, 67. 

Dorchester, 41, 99 (2). 

Dorsius, John, 25, 92, 116, 124; Let- 
ter to, 206. 

Doughty, Mr., 193. 

Doughty, White &, 253. 

Downs, William, 199, 216. 

Drayton, William Henry, 124. 

Drew, John, 154, 156, 164; Letter to, 
1 60. 

Drunkenness, 177. 

Duncan, Charles, 140. 

Dunscombe, Capt., 229. 

Dupuy, John, 33, 54, 63, 69, gi, 94 
(2), 109, no, in, 175; Letters 
from, 33; Letters to, 34-35, 69, 95, 
in. 

Dutch port, 19. 

Duval, Stephen, 31, 39, 40, 42 (2), 47, 
49 (2). 69, 85, 86, 135, 146 (2), 147, 
149, 166, 167, 172 (2), 178, 185, 186, 
189, 226; Orders to, 38, 228-229; 
Letters to, 38, 41-42, 44, 84, 148, 
167, 184, 191, 195-196, 215, 217-218, 
224-225, 239 (2) ; Instructions for, 
185-186. 

Eagle (pilot boat), 31, 38 (2), 39, 41, 
44, 57, 69, 73, 83 (2), 84, 85, 86, 92, 
101, 102, 133, 135, 140, 141, 142, 143, 

145, 146 (2), 147, 148, 149, 166 (2), 
167 (3), 169, 172, 175, 178, 184 (2), 
185 (2), 186 (3), 189, 191, 192, 210, 
215 (2), 217, 224, 225, 226 (2), 228 
(2), 230, 236, 237, 239 (4), 246 (2), 
249, 252. 

East Florida, 19, 23, 203. 



Edgar, David, 153, 188, 201, 240, 241 ; 
Letters to, 156, 158, 189, 193, 196, 
205-206, 218-219, 243. 

Edwards, John, 3 (2), 92; a Com- 
missioner of the Navy, 91, 93, 96- 
97, loo, 113, 119-120, 124, 126, 129- 
130, 132, 141, 144, 160, 162, 166, 170, 
174, 180, 182, 186-188, 190, 193, 197, 
200, 207, 210, 225-226, 233, 237, 240, 
242, 246-247. 

Egan, Edmund, 140. 

Elder, Dr., 31. 

Elliott, Barnard, 45. 

Ellis, Richard, 102, 140, 157. 

Elsinore, Alexander, 25, 40, 85, 185, 
186 (2), 194, 195, 239; Letter to, 
184; Instructions for, 186. 

Embargo, 118, 163, 164. 

Enlistment, 31, 38-39, 53, 66, 75, 78, 
103, 114 (2), 117, 123, 140, 202, 
203 (2), 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 
213, 251, 252. 

Eveleigh, Mr., in. 

Eveleigh's Wharf, 133. 

Exchange, Charles Town, 10. 

Exchanges, 185. 

Exportations, 40, 43, 235. 

Express, 229 (2). 

Fair American (brigantine), 119, 

121, 122, 123 (2), 132, 134, 140 (4), 
141, 142 (2), 143, 145, 148, ISO, 

151, 153, 155 (3), 166, 198 (2); 
Letter to owners of, 121-122. 

Family Trader (sloop), 204, 205, 
207, 208 (2), 216 (3), 219, 245. 

Farrow, John, 233. 

Farrow, William, 85, 149, 168, 171, 
239 ; Letter to Stephen Duval and, 
148. 

Ferguson, Hannah, 32. 

Ferguson, Thomas, 170. 

Field pieces, 75, 79. 

Fire of Thursday, January 15, 1778, 

135- 

First Commissioner, election of, 5. 
Fisher & Co., Edward, 70. 
Five Fathom Hole, 194, 195 (2). 
Flag, 98. 



260 



Flag of Truce, 163, 170-171, 171, 178, 

194, 195- 

Flagg, George, 60, 79. 
Floating Battery, 29, 79, 80, 82, 97, 

101, 102, 109, 112, 133- (2), 137, 

141, 142, 147, 148. 
Floodgate, 9, 21. 
Florentine, , 46. 

Florida (East and West), 19, 23. 
Flour, 7, u, 13, 15, 25, 26, 138, 163, 

l66 (2), 175 (2), 2OI, 202, 232, 

233, 246 (2). 

Flowers, Woodward, 25. 

Force, Peter, American Archives by, 
4- 

Fort Johnson, 29, 193, 201, 215 (3). 

Fort Moultrie, 29, 30, 84, 195 (2) ; 
Letter to commanding officer at, 
72. 

Forts, 28, 29, 212. 

Foster, John, 57. 

Foster, Joseph, 199. 

France, 68. 

French islands, West Indies, 15, 19, 
88. 

French port, 19. 

French snow, 73. 

Frisbie, Abel, 185, 193, 194, 197, 238 
.(2), 250 (2); Letter to, 238; In- 
structions to, 248-249. 

Frost, Samuel, 149, 154. 

Gaboriel, John, 81 (2), 92, 93, 152, 

153 (2), 186, 189, 192; Letter to, 

219. 
Gadsden, Christopher, 29, 30, 44, 79, 

82, 86 (3) ; Letter to, 99. 
Gadsden's Wharf, 10, 50, 63, 143, 171, 

176. 
Gallies, 15, 16, 16-17, 17, 27, 61, 82, 

142, 235, 242 (2), 243, 244 (2), 246, 
251, 252. 

Galphin, George, 96. 
Gamble, Archibald, 176. 
Gamble & Ferguson, 236. 
Gardiner, Thomas, 144. 
Gaultier, Joseph, 39. 
Gazettes, 7, 59, 147, 182. 
Gemble, Philip, 198. 



General Assembly (or Legislature), 
3, 73, 91, 112, 177, 178, 179, 180, 
205, 238; Letter to the, 5-6; Jour- 
nal of the, September 17, 1776-00- 
tober 20, 1776, 6. 

General Moultrie (ship), 113, 114 
(3), 115 (4), 116 (2), 117, 120 (2), 
121 (2), 122 (2), 124, 129, 130 (3), 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137 (2), 
138 (2), 140 (3), 141, 142, 143, 145, 
147,149, 150 (3), 151, 152, 154, 157, 
159, 164 (2), 166, 194, 206, 217. 

Gentlemen Volunteers, 122. 

George (sloop), 28. 

George Town, 8 (2), 9, n (2), 22 
(2), 29, 30 (3), 31, 41 (2), 42, 49. 
57, 58 (2), 67, 70, 151, 185, 215, 
229; Bar of, 232. 

George Town Ferry, 9. 

Georgia, 20, 22, 47, 60, 77 (2), 151, 
203 (2), 204 (2), 205 (2) ;Troops 
to, 45 (3>)> 46 (2), 48; Galleys of, 
55, 56. 

Gervais, John Lewis, 98, 118, 244 (3), 
245 ; Letter to, 243 ; Letter from, 
244-245. 

Gibbes, Robert, 20. 

Gibbes, William, 54, 157. 

Gibbes's Wharf, Charles Town, 128, 
150. 

Gibbs, John Walters, 108. 

Giel, Lewis, 60. 

Gilbert, Seth, 210. 

Gillon, Alexander, 63, 161, 168, 169, 
188 (2). 

Glasses, 18, 57, 68. 

Glegg, John, 96. 

Glenn, William, 45. 

Glenn, William, Jr., 192. 

Glenn & Co., William, 58. 

Glory of America (pilot boat), 26. 

Gould, George, 104. 

Governor, 243, 247 ; Orders from, 
237 (2) ; Letters from, 237-238, 
240, 242, 245, 246; The first, of the 
State, 238; Letters to, 240-241, 244, 
246. 

Grape, 18. 



26 1 



Great Britain, 19 (2), 20 (2), 23, 35, 
53, 62, 74, 78, 90, 103, 216, 228, 232, 
248, 250. 

Grenadiers, 227. 

Greenwood, Leger &, 142. 

Grimball, Thomas, Letters to, 125, 
227. 

Gruber, Charles, 57. 

Guadaloup, 74. 

Guerard, Mr., in. 

Guerin, Mathurin, 84. 

Guns, 49, 55, 56, 75, 79, 80, 87, 115 
(2), 120, 129, 149, 150, 205, 225, 227, 
228, 230 (2), 234, 241, 242, 250. 

Haddrell's Point, 40, 46, 193. 

Hainsdoff, .Henry, 223. 

Hair, Edward, 151. 

Haker, George, 26. 

Halifax, N. S., 19, 23. 

Hall, George Abbott, 16, 17. 65, 81, 
116, 146; Commissioner of the 
Navy, 3, 6-8, 11-13, 15-16, 20-21, 
24-26, 28-30, 52, 54, 57, 60, 62-64, 
108-109, 111-113, US, 118-120, 122, 
124, 126-130, 133, 135, 137, 141, 143- 
144, 146, 148-149, 151-152, 154, 159- 
163, 165, 168, 170-172, 174, 176, 178, 
187-188, 190, 192, 196-198, 207, 210, 
214, 217, 225, 232-233, 235, 237, 240, 
246; Letter to, 76-77. 

Hall, William, 71, 112 (2), 113, 117, 
124 (2), 133, 134, 135 (2), 136, 137 
(3), 140, 158, 164, 166, 169 (2), 
188, 189, 202 (2), 206, 211 (2), 212 

(2), 213, 214, 22O (3), 221, 222; 

Lettters to, 60. 108, 114, 136, 162, 
187-188, 188-189, 204, 209, 210-21 i, 

212-213, 2I 6. 22O-22I, 221, 222, 222- 

223, 224, 252-253 ; Instructions to, 

168; Orders to, 234; Letters from, 

221-222, 223. 
Ham, Richard, 42, 44, 47, 57, 102; 

Letter to, 45. 
Hambrough Line, 157. 
Hamilton, David, 59, 64, 82, 86, 95, 

96, loo, 121, 127, 140, 146, 161, 

240, 241 ; Letters to, 64, 66, 82, 86 

(2), 120; Order to, 146. 
Handbills, 7, 122, 147, 201. 



Harleston, Isaac, 174. 

Harrison, John, 105. 

Hart, Philip, 25, 88, 146. 

Harvey, Arnold, 90. 

Hatch, William, 198. 

Hatter, John, 217. 

Havana, Cuba, 169 (2). 

Havens, Nathaniel, 10, 60, 106, 159, 

196, 236, 240. 
Hawk (pilot boat), 28, 29 (2), 39, 

49, 91- 

Hawkins, Petrie & Co., 31. 
Hays, John, 149, 154. 
Heath, Abraham, 149, 227. 
Hemp, 24, 40, 42-43, 45, 47, 50, 59, 

60, 64, 70, 72, 1 02. 
Heriot & Tucker, 107. 
Hervey, Robert, 149. 
Hesket, John, 93. 

Hest, William, 24, 41, 43, 58, 70, 84. 
Heyward, Thomas, Jr., 3. 
Hibernia (pilot boat), 20, 21, 25. 
Hispaniola, 18, 67, 69, 74, 89, 94 (2), 

no (4). 
Hobcaw, 123, 128, 165 (2), 167, 177 

(3), 180, 193, 194, 197 (3), 198, 

199, 201, 209, 218, 227, 234 (2), 

235, 245, 253 ; Clerk of shipyard at, 

227. 

Hogs, 127. 
Holmes, Ann, 34. 
Holmes, John, 136. 
Hopkins, Stephen, 169, 196. 
Hopkins, William, n, 13. 
Hopkins, Audley &, 166. 
Horn, Alexander, 7, 21 (2), 26, 27, 

65 ; Letters to, 9, 27. 
Hornet (brigantine of war), 202, 

206, 209, 210, 211 (3), 213, 219, 

223, 228, 230, 232, 233, 234 (2), 237, 

239, 240, 245, 248 (3), 250 (2) ; 

Purser of, 237; Guns of, 245. 
Hospital, 32, 147. 

House of Representatives, 235, 237. 
Howe, Jane, 219, 232. 
Howe, Robert, 47, 184 ; Letter to, 44. 
Hrabowski, Samuel, 39, 65. 
Hughes, John, 83, 86, 140. 
Humphreys, Humphrey, 70, 72. 
Hunley, James, 105. 



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Hunt, Luke, 219. 
Hutchinson, Thomas, 200. 
Hyrne, Alexander, 67. 

Importations, 235. 

Impressments, 45. 

Indigo, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 25, 33, 35, 
36, 49, 53, 58, 62, 63, 69 (4), 74, 94, 
95 (2), 109, in, 113, 172. 

Infectious diseases, 23. 

Ingersol, Capt., 250 (2). 

Ingraham, Capt., 172 (2). 

Inland trade, 235. 

Insurance, 97 (2). 

Insurance Company, Charles Town, 
121 ; Letter of, 118; Resolution of, 
118-119, 140; Certificate to, 140. 

Ireland, 19, 20, 23. 

Irish beef, 34, 36. 

Iron, 16, 17 (2), 25, 29, 50, 51, 92, 
107, 118, 119, 128, 132, 227, 236. 

Iron work, 76, 96, 159. 

Jamaica, 28, 33. 

Jeffords, Moon &, 227. 

Joel, Thomas, 60, 148. 

Johnson, William, 68, 86, 143, 159. 

Johnston, Jacob, 116, 117 (3), 122, 

124 (3). 

Joiners, 76, 77, 86, 121. 
Joiner's work, 67, 
Jones, Mrs., 84, 85. 
Junk, 128. 

Kalteisen, Michael, Wagonmaster 

General, Letter to, 131. 
Kershaw, Joseph, 175. 
Kiawah Island, 158. 
Knight, John, 38, 246. 
Knowles, John, 32 (2), 154. 

Lambert, Ezekiel, 149. 
Langen, Capt., 236. 
Langrage, 253. 

Laurens, Henry, 241, 243, 244 (3). 
Lawford's Channel, 147, 175, 181, 182, 
1 86, 219. 

Lawrence, , 240, 241. 

Layfield, George, 194. 
Legare, Nathan, 143. 



Legare, Samuel, 94, 123 (2), 226. 
Legare, Thomas, Jr., 76. 
Leger & Greenwood, 142. 
Legislative Council, 3 (4). 
Lempriere, Clement, 16, 17, 26, 70; 

Letters to, 16-17, 27. 
Lester, Mrs., 112, 137, 142. 
Letters of Marque, 119. 
Lighthouse, 152, 173, 174, 181 (2), 

217 (2). 
Lignumvitse, 146. 
Lindauer, Henry, 187, 202, 232. 
Little Fanny (sloop), 69. 
Liverpool, England, 28. 
Livingston, Abraham, 167, 190, 193, 

197. 

Logan, William, 129. 
Loocock, Aaron, 86. 
Long, Frederick, 202. 
Long Island, 215 (3). 
Lord, Benjamin, 61. 
Lovis, Aaron, 155; Letter to, 158. 
Lowndes, Rawlins, President, 238; 

Letters from, 183-184, 190, 199, 203- 

204, 205, 212, 213, 214-215, 220, 222, 

225, 229, 235-236; Letters to, 204- 

205. 
Lumber, 100, 102, 124, 127. 140 (2), 

148, 165, 168, 173, 174, 181. 
Lushington, Sykes &, 54. 

Mackie & Cameron, 145. 

Mahogany, 63, 66, 161, 171, 245. 

Manson, Begby &, 90, 177; Wharf 
of, at Hobcaw, 128 ; Ship yard of, 
at Hobcaw, 165, 177, 180, 197. 

Marie (schooner), 28. 

Marines, 154, 155, 164, 179, 190 (2). 

Marks, 147, 152 (2), 153 (2), 175, 
181, 182 (2), 186, 219. 

Martinico, 74. 

Maverick, Samuel, 129. 

Mayberry, James, 150, 151, 196, 197, 
211, 238 (4) ; Order to, 150; Let- 
ters to, 231, 238-239; Instructions 
for, 232-233, 234-235. 

Mayfield, Thomas, 143, 157. 

McCall, John, Jr., 119. 

McCleeve, Henry, 230. 

McDaniel, Mr., 113. 



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McKemmey & Saylor, 192. 

McKenzie, Roger, 97. 

McMullin, Alexander, 161. 

McWhorter, Aaron, 25. 

Medicines, 57, 67, 88, 106, 142, 159, 
169. 

Mercer, Richard, 148. 

Merchant Service, 160 (2). 

Mercier, John, 43, 44, 47 (3), 55, 56, 
72, 86, 87, 92 ; Letters to, 43, 48, 72, 
85. 87, 88-89. 

Messapotamia (sloop), 190, 191. 

Mey, Florien Charles, 29. 

Mey & Cripps, 129. 

Middle Channel, Charles Town Har- 
bour, 147. 

Miller, Alexander, 156, 159. 

Miller, James, 87. 

Molasses, 34. 

Monck, George, 34, 97, 135. 

Monmouth (brigantine), 248, 250. 

Moon & Jeffords, 227. 

Moore, John, 133, 148. 

Moore, William, 65. 

Morgan, Charles, 25, 124 (2), 133, 
134, 135 (2), 136, 140, 150, 155; In- 
structions to, 123; Letters to, 158- 
159- 

Morgan, Francis, 31, 39. 

Morgan, William, 104, 231 ; Lettter 
to, 172. 

Morris, George, 93, 135. 

Morris's Island, 72 (3), 194, 195 (2). 

Moses, Meyer, 37, 90, 166; Order to, 
50. 

Motte, Mr., 190. 

Motte's Wharf, 125. 

Moultrie, Alexander, Attorney Gen- 
eral, 3, 136; Letter to, 136. 

Moultrie, William, Letter to, 151. 

Muskets, 19. 

Mutiny, 221-223. 

Nails, 129, 172. 

Naval Stores, n, 44, 48. 

Negroes, 9, 28, 41, 54 (2), 59, 60, 61, 
64, 7i. 76 (3)- 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 
84, 85, 88, 95- 97 (2), 107, 108 (2), 

112, 120, 123, 137 (2), 142 (2), 149, 

151, 157, 159, 164, 165, 168, 170, 171 



(2), 172, 177 (2), 194, 197, 198, 
231 (2), 241, 253. 

Neilson (or Nelson), James, 54, 228, 
229 (2). 

Nettles, Zachariah, 24. 

Neufville, John, 3. 

Nevill, John, 97. 

New Providence, 35, 53, 62, 74, 78, 
90, 103, 216, 228, 232, 248, 250. 

New York (State), 253 (2) ; Capitol 
of, 4; State department of, 4; Sec- 
retary of State of, 1818, 4; General 
Assembly of, 1911, 4; Library of, 
79- 

New York, N. Y., 171 (2), 176, 185. 

Newfoundland, 19, 23. 

Newman, Paul, 169. 

Newton, Capt., 217 (2). 

Ninety Six District, 102. 

North, Edward, 115. 

North Carolina, Troops of, 46 (2), 

North Channel, Charles Town Har- 
bour, 147. 

North Edisto River, 42. 

North & Trescot, 176. 

Notre Dame (brigantine-of-war), 
43 (2), 46, 50, 58, 60 (3), 63, 65, 
66 (3), 67 (3), 68 (4), 71, 78 (3), 
79 (3), 81 (2), 83, 86, 88, 89, 90 
(2), 91, 92 (2), 93, 96, 99, 101, 102, 
(2), 106, 108, 112 (2), 113 (3), 
114 (2), 116, 117, 122, 124, 128, 133, 
134- 136 (3), 137 (3), 138, 140 (3), 
141, 142, 143, 145, 148, 154, 158, 162 
(3), 163 (2), 164 (2), 165, 166 (2), 
169 (2), 172, 175 (3), 178 (3), 181, 
185, 188 (3), 189, 192 (2), 193, 194, 
196, 197, 198, 200, 202 (2), 203, 204, 

206, 207 (2), 209 (2), 210, 211 (5), 
212 (4), 213 (3), 214 (2), 215 (2), 
2l6 (2), 220 (3), 221 (3), 222 (2), 
223 (2), 224, 230 (2), 234 (2), 245, 

247, 252, 253; Carpenter of, 166; 

Master of, 166 ; Gunner of, 166 ; 

Boatswain of, 166 ; Surgeon of, 

166; Deserters from, 169; Warrant 

Officers of, 189. 
Nott, Mr., 113. 
O'Neille, Daniel, 50 (2), 52, 59, 60, 

64 (2), 72 (2), 81, 84, 92, 93, 101, 



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102 (3), io8, 1 10, 112, 125, 133, 141, 
145, 148, 153 (2), 157, 161, 164, 165, 
176, 179 (3), 189 (5), 198, 209, 231, 
233 ; Letter to, 56 ; Order to, 187. 

Oak Hampton (schooner), 171, 196. 

Oak timber, 64, 93, 158, 192. 

Oakum, 17. 

Oars, 193. 

Oath of Clerk of Commissioners of 
the Navy, 6. 

Oath of Commissioners of the Navy, 

5- 

Oath of enlisted men of the Navy, 12. 

Oats, Edward, 37. 

Oil, 18, 25. 

Ordnance Keeper, 128. 

Osborn, Capt., 171, 185. 

Osborne, , 18. 

Osnabrugs, 89. 

Oswald, David, 102. 

Owners of Vessels taken into Public 
Service, Letters to 205. 

Packet, 231. 

Packrow, John, 22, 23. 

Paget, George, 146. 

Paine, Samuel, Jr., 172. 

Paint, 1 8, 79, 93. 

Parker, William, 21, 100, 164. 

Parole, 185. 

Parsons, James, 5. 

Payne, Samuel, 192, 202. 

Pease, 128. 

Pendarvis, , 46. 

Pensions, 124, 251. 

Pest House, 72. 

Petrie & Co., Hawkins, 31. 

Philadelphia, 60, 76, 77 (4), 80, 99, 
229 (2). 

Philip, Peter, 37. 

Philips, Mr., 29. 

Phillips, William, 171. 

Pickering, Thomas, 7, 9, 16 (2), 17, 
20, 23, 32, 33, 34, 38, 41, 47 (2), 51, 
69, 77, 199; Letters to, 6, 17-19, 
20, 39-40, 42, 44; Letters from, 24; 
Instructions for, 52. 

Pilot boats, 20 (2), 25, 26 (2), 28, 
3i, 38, 39, 45, 97 (2), 112, 148 (2), 
152, 173, 175, 181 (2), 183, 184, 190, 
192, 212, 217 (2), 224, 227, 228. 



Pilotage law, 178, 195, 196. (See 
Act.) 

Pilots, 20, 38, 42, 85, 146, 149, 171, 
172, 179, 191, 194, 195, 213, 223, 
233, 238, 239 (2). 

Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth, 3, 81. 

Pinder, Capt., 230. 

Pine, 88, 93. 

Pitch, ir, 57. 

Plank, 70, 127, 177. 

Poaug, John, 118, 226 (2), 229. 

Poinsett, Elisha. 57, 88, 106, 142, 159. 

Polly (brigantine), 119 (2), 120, 121, 
122, 123, 125, 128, 129, 130, 132, 134, 
140 (4), 141, 142, 143- 145, 158, 
159 (2), 160 (2), 166, 189, 200, 
219; Artillery on board, 168. 

Pork, 7, 11, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25, 41, 48, 
49 (2), 54, 57, 58 (3), 70, loo, 101, 
106, 107, 108, 113, 126, 131, 143, 151, 
154, 158, 170, 192, 200, 233. 

Port Royal, 185, 228, 234, 248. 

Powder, 41, 42, 72, 131, 149; Money 
for, 179 (2), 182, 247. 

Powder Receiver, 178, 179, 182. 

Prause, Peter, 25. 

President, 3-4, 14, 15, 16, 25, 26, 28, 
29, 47 (4), 49, 51, 58, 63, 72, 73, 75 
(2), 78-79, 79 (2), 82, 88, 101, 104, 
113, 114, 119, 120, 121, 131, 142, 144, 
164 (2), 167, 168, 169, 170, 171 (2), 
194, 196, 20 1, 205, 208, 209, 

212, 215, 217, 221, 223, 224 (3), 229, 

234; Letters from the. 14, 17, 22, 
35, 45, 112, 183 (2), 183-184, 184, 

190, 195, 199, 203-204, 2O5, 211, 212, 

213, 214-215, 217, 22O, 222 (2), 

224, 225, 229 (2), 235-236; Message 
to, 15 ; Letters to, 40, 42-43, 43-44, 
5i, 65, 73-74, 80, 93. 96-97. ii7, 128- 
129, 130-131, 134-135, 138, 148-149, 
150, 158, 163, 164-165, 166, 171, 176, 
177-178, 180-181, 183 (2), 185, 190, 
198-199, 199, 202-203, 204-205, 207, 

211, 212, 213, 215, 220, 221, 225-226, 

226, 229-230, 230-231, 235, 236; Mes- 
sages from, 82 ; Instructions from, 
105 ; Orders from, 17. 

Price, William, 43, 226. 

Priming horns, 125. 



Prioleau, Samuel, Jr., 10. 

Prioleau & Co., Samuel, Jr., 10, 37, 

54- 
Prioleau's Wharf, Charles Town, 45, 

46, 125, 244. 
Prison ships, 185. 
Prisoners, 19, 23, 35, 53, 62, 75,, 78, 

103, 144 (2), 167, 171 (2), 176, 

180, 185, 216, 223, 232, 248, 251. 
Pritchard, Paul, 16, 17 (2), 55, 74, 

91, 140, 143, 152, 159, 165, 177, 180, 

197, 209, 226 (2), 229, 240, 241, 
253 (2); Letters to, 167, 218, 242; 
Ship yard of, 167, 177, 180, 197, 
241 ; Orders to, 234. 

Privateers, 183, 184, 185, 186, 211, 
212, 216, 217, 225, 226, 228, 232, 
248, 249, 250, 251. 

Prizes, 19, 23, 28, 35, 40, 49, 50, 53, 
62, 74-75, 78, 90, 103, 168, 175, 185, 

198, 216, 248, 251; Goods from, 70; 
Captors to have, 21 r, 213. 

Profanity, 104. 

Provaux, Mr., 17, 19. 

Provisions, 73, 96, 125, 138, 146, 163, 
164. 

Prow (or Proue), Peter, 67, 96. 

Purchasing Commissary of Public 
Stores, 247. 

Pyne, James, 42, 105 (2), 171, 176 
(2), 176, 198, 199, 204, 208, 234 (4), 
245 ; Order to, 100 ; Letters to, ror, 
209, 2ii ; Instructions for, 103-104, 
250-251. 

Quadrants, 18. 
Quarantine, 23. 
Quartermaster General, 147. 
Quarter House, 59. 
Quebec, Ontario, 19, 23. 

Rachel (sloop), 204, 205 (2), 206, 
207, 208 (2), 210, 219, 230. 

Radcliffe, Mr.. 59. 

Randolph (frigate), 51, 134 (2). 

Raper, Robert, 194. 

Rattle Snake (armed schooner), 8, 
10, 11, 30 (3), 31, 49 (2), 51 (2), 
57 (2), 58 (3), 67 (3), 68, 79, 83, 
91, 94 (2), 95, 102, 104, 107 (2), 



108, 109 (2), no (3), 133, 141, 142, 
143 (2), 144 (3), 145, 152, 154 (2), 
155, 156, 159 (2), 160, 161, 162, 
163, 164 (3), 165, 166, 169 (2), 
172 (2), 173, 175, 178, 194, 199 (2), 
203, 204, 207, 208, 210, 213, 215 (2), 
219, 230, 231, 232 (2), 236, 238 
(2), 248 (4), 250, 253. 

Rebellion Road, 16, 33, 49, 73, 
162, 216, 220 (2), 221 (2), 222. 

Redhall, Mr., 167. 

Reeves, Henry, 161. 

Reid, Andrew, 231. 

Rendevous, houses of, 31, 32, 66, 100, 
114, H7, 120, 122, 123, 133, 140 
(6), 162, 164, 181, 202, 204, 207, 
208, 209, 219, 231, 232, 236. 

Rice, 44, 68, 88, 89, 94 (2), 95 (2), 
99, 109, 113, 128, 138, 143, 161, 164. 

Rice Bird (schooner), 226, 230, 236. 

Richey, Thomas, 26. 

Righton, McCulley, 27 (3), 34, 40 
(3), 47, 49, 61, 71, 79, 81, 93, 100, 
lor, 107, 128, 144, 159, 161, 170, 

175, 192, 196, 201, 209, 214; Letters 
to, 27, 46, 71-72, 82, 151-152, 193, 
201 ; Orders to, 28, 128. 

Ripley, Paul, 145. 

Rope Maker, 50, 81, 189. 

Rope Walk, 14, 59, 60, 63, 64, 76, 77, 
81, 83, 84 (2), 92, 101, 102, 108 (3), 
rio, 112, 125, 133, 141, 145, 148, 
152, 153, 157 (2), 161, 164, 165, 172, 

176, 179, 187, 189 (2), 198, 209, 
231, 233. 

Roper's Wharf, 47. 

Rose, Alexander, 149. 

Rose, John, 196. 

Rosewood, 146. 

Ross, Thomas, 239. 

Rothmahler, Job, 51. 

Round O, 127. 

Rum, 59, 65, 68, 76, 81, 85, 87, 89, 98, 
roi, 107, 139, 142 (2), 163, 168, 173, 
178, 197, 199, 229, 246; West India, 
246 ; Carolina, 246. 

Russell, Nathaniel, 43, 87, 122. 

Russell, Nathaniel, & Co., 142, 168. 

Russell, William, 245. 

Russell, Stone &, 16, 17. 



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Rutledge, John, President, 4; Letters 
of, 14, 17, 22, 35, 105 (2) ; Orders 
of, 17 ; Letter to, 138 ; Governor, 
238; Letters from, 237-238, 238, 
240, 242, 246. 

Sail-duck, n, 17, 51, 89, no, 197 (4), 

202. 
Sailmakers, 91, 142, 189. 

Sails, 67, 87 (2), 92, 96, 107, 1 08, 
112, 142, 178, 189, 205, 210, 234, 242, 
243, 251. 

Sally (sloop), 204, 205, 207, 208, 216 
(3), 218, 219, 230, 236. 

Salt, 12, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, 58, ioo. 
107, 108, 113 (2), 138. 

Sarjant, Mr., 122. 

Sarrazin, Jonathan, 197, 200. 

Savage, , 107. 

Savage, Thomas, Commissioner of 
the. Navy, 3, 6-8, 12, 15-16, 28-32, 
34-36, 54, 80-81, 83-84, 88, 90-91, 
ioo, 102, 104, 106, 129-130, 132-134, 
136-137,141. , 

Savannah, Ga., 212. 

.Savannah River, 48. 

Sawyer, Elisha, 25; Commissary of 
the Naval Department, 83, 90, 99, 
102, 128, 129, 143, 155; Letters to, 
73, 84, 85, 92, 98, 112, 114, 116, 118, 
138, 144- . 

Sawyer, Blake &, 99, 107, 113, 161, 
164, 1 66, 223. 

Saylor, McKemmey &, 192. 

Scott, John, Jr., 159, 229, 230, 245. 

Screven, Thomas, 124, 181. 

Seamen, 15, 17, 18, 19, 32, 36. 53, 66, 
75, 78, 103, 104, 114, 118, 120, 123, 
136, 140, 162, 164, 202, 203 (2), 
204, 207, 208, 209 (3), 2ii, 213, 
221, 228, 230, 248, 249 (3), 250, 
251 (2), 252; Pay of captured, 
180, 181. 

Seaward, William, 30. 

Second Regiment, 22, 23. 

Selthridge, William, Public boat- 
keeper, 209, 218, 219, 253 ; Letter 
to, 218. 

Senate, 237. 

Seymour, Isaac, 68, 109 ; Letter to, 82. 



Seymour, Stephen, 5, 8, n, 30, 57 
(2), 58, 61, 74, 79 (2), 99-100, 112; 
Letters to. 9-10, 66-67, 68, 93, 106; 
Instructions for, 58, 66, 78-79, 89- 
90. 

Sheets, Christopher, 65. 

Shingles, 169. 

Ship Bread, 7, 58, 101, 116. 

Ship Carpenters, 56, 59, 60, 70, 76, 
77, 80, 86 (2), 90, 99, 120, 151, 
240 (2), 241 (2), 243, 249, 251, 252. 

Ship Caulkers, 59, 99 (2), 145. 

Ships, building, 14, 176, 178. 

Shipwrights, 177. 

Shipyards, 14, 51, 54-55, 58, 59, 60, 66, 
68, 69, 70 (2), 71, 74, 76, 77, 79, 
80, 82 (2), 83, 86 (2), 88, 90, 91 
(2), 92, 93 (3), 95 (2), 99, ioo, 
102 (2), 105, 106 (2), 120, 124, 125, 
127. 129, 133, 137, 140 (2), 141, 
142 (2), 145, 146 (3), 148, 149, 151, 
152, 153 (2), 156, 157, 158, 159 (2), 
161 (2), 164, 165 (2), 166, 167, 
168 (2), 170, 171. 173, 174, 177, 
178 (3), 181, 188, 192 (2), 193 (3), 
194 (2), 196 (2), 197 (2), 198, 

199 (2), 2OO, 2OI (3), 206, 2O9, 2IO, 

218, 219, 227, 231. 234 (2), 235, 

239 (2), 241 (2), 242 (2), 245, 252, 
253- 

Shot, 18, 119, 128, 129, 230, 234, 253. 
Shrewsberry, Edward, 140, 169, 240, 

241, 251 ; Letter to, 244. 
Shubrick, Thomas, 3 (3), 95, 137, 

149, 151, 168. 
Signals, 216 (2), 250. 
Silence, Richard, 95. 
Simons, Keating, 3. 
Singeltary, John, 70. 
Sisk, William, 175. 178, 198, 199, 20O, 

228, 240. 

Slops, 18, 106, 237. 
Smallpox, 23. 
Smart, William, 151. 
Smith, Col., 214. 
Smith, Daniel, 81. 245; Commissary 

of the Navy, 181, 187, 192. 216, 251, 

252; Letters to, 156, 163, 243; 

Orders to, 201-202, 233. 



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Smith, George, Commissioner of the 
Navy, 3, 6-8, n, 13, 15, 20-21, 24, 
28-32, 34-35, 38-39, 41, 50, 52, 54-55, 
57-60, 62, 64, 66-67, 69-70, 73, 76, 
81, 83-85, 88, 91, 97-98, 101, 104, 
in, 113, 118, 135-136, 139, 141, 
143, 152-153, 155, 161-162, 166, 174- 
I 7S, 179-180, 182, 192, 225. 

Smith, George, Jr., 68. 

Smith, Henry, 88. 

Smith, John, 197. 

Smith, Josiah, Jr., 41 (3), 57, 70; 
Commissioner of the Navy, 3, 6-8, 
11, 20-21, 24-26, 28, 30-32, 34-36, 
38-39, 41, 48, 50, 54-55, 57-60, 62-64, 
66-67, 69-71, 73, 76, 80-81, 83-85, 
87-88, 90-93, 96-102, 104, 106, 108- 

109, III-II3, 115, II7-I20, 122, 124- 

130, 132, 135-137, 139, 141, 143-146, 

149, 151-157, 159-163, 165-166, 168- 
172, 174-176, 178-182, 186-188, 190, 

192-194, 196-198, 200, 202, 206-207, 
2O9-2IO, 214, 217, 219, 223, 225-227, 
230-233, 235, 237, 240, 242, 246. 

Smith, Roger, 3, 49, 146 ; Commis- 
sioner of the Navy, 3, 6, 8, 12-13, 
15-16, 25, 28, 30, 41, 48, 50, 54-55, 
57, 66, 71, 85, 87-88, 90-92, 97-98, 
119, 146-147, 149, 152-153, 174-175, 
180, 188, 198, 200, 210, 214, 225, 
237- 247. 

Smith, Capt. Thomas, 97, 127, 146, 
148, 246, 252; Letters to, 85, 251- 
252. 

Smith, Thomas (Founder), 159; Let- 
ter to, 119. 

Smith, Wheeler &, 140. 

Smith & Darrell, 68, 147 (2), 157, 
202, 219; Letter to, 160. 

Snead, James, 65, 81, 125. 

Snowden, Samuel, 91, 93, 94, 95 (2), 
96, 99 ; Letter to, 93-94. 

Somersall, William, 114 (2), 115 
(3), 128 (2), 129, 130. 

South Carolina Historical Society, 
Collections of the, 131. 

South Edisto (galley), 251, 252. 

South Edisto River, 225, 228 (2). 

Spanish milled dollars, 202. 

Spanish Schooner, 146. 



Sparrs, 13-14, 17, 56, 60, 70, 138, 148, 

169, 181, 243. 

Speaker of House, 3 (Parsons), 5. 
Spencer's Inlet, 238 (2). 
Spy glasses (See glasses). 
St. Augustine, Fla., 18 (2), 19, 20, 

22 (2), 23, 35, 144 (2), 154, 159, 

163, 171 (3), 196, 217. 
St. Catharine's, 28. 
St. Croix, 173. 
St. Eustatia, 74. 
St. Helena Inlet, 232 (2). 
St. Helena Sound, 228, 234, 248 (4). 
St. Mary's River, 20 (5), 197. 
St. Vincent's, 28. 
Stanyarne, Joseph, 169. 
Steedman, James, 81, 138. 
Steele, Elijah, 154, 159 (2). 
Stevenson, John, Letters to, 122-123, 

125, 132-134, 245. 
Stiles, Edward, 65, 101. 
Stone, Mr., 29. 
Stone, Benjamin, 204, 208, 216 (2), 

218 (2), 236. 
Stone & Russell, 16, 17. 
Stono River, 237. 
Stono Inlet, 146. 
Sturgion, John, 25. 
Success (sloop), 69. 
Sullivan, Philip, 117 (2), 130 (2), 

I3i, 133, 134, 135 (3), 136 (4), 

140, 143, 164, 175; Letters to, 116, 

117, 137, 149-150, 150- 
Sullivan's Island, 23, 29, 42, 44, 45, 

47, 72, 79, 82 (2), 84, 86, 99, 148, 

149, 193, 2OI (2), 2l8. 

Sunbury, Georgia, 20, 23, 24; Com- 
mittee at, 20; Letter to Committee 
at, 20. 

Swain, Luke, 239. 

Swivel guns, 225, 242. 

Sykes & Lushington, 54. 

Taffia. 94 (2), 95, 109 (2), 172, 192. 

Talbert, Henry, 131. 

Talbird, Thomas, 105. 

Tallow, n, 29,, 32, 49, 54. 57, 58, 61, 

151, 223. 

Talman, John Richard, 81. 
Tar, n, 92, 116, 253. 



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Taylor, Edward, 132. 

Tebout, Tunis, 50, 51, 68, 143. 

Terantula, 236 (3). 

Tew, George, 84. 

Timber, 63, 64, 66, 79, 80, 82, 91, 93 
(2), 125, 153, 158, 165, 177 (2), 
178, 192. 

Timothy, Peter, 59, 122, 217 (2) ; 
Gazette of, 182. 

Tinwork, 96, 148. 

Tobacco, 94, 165. 

Todd, John, 205, 208. 

Todd, Richard, 205, 208. 

Toomer, Joshua, 153. 

Toussiger, James, 137. 

Treasury, Commissioners of the, 21. 

Trescot, North &, 176. 

Trott's Point, 241. 

Truce, Flag of, 163, 170-171, 171, 
178, 194, 195. 

Trucks, 65, 8 1. 

Trusler, William, 57, 82, 83, T.OI, 102, 
133, 141, 166, 175, 192, 210, 230. 

Tryall (pilot boat), 57, 67, 72, 73, 83, 
84, 85, 97, 102 (2), 127, 133, 141, 
142, 143, 146, 148 (2), 149, 166, 167, 
168, 175, 184 (2), 185, 186 (3), 192, 
193, 194 (2), 196, 210, 230, 239, 245. 

Tryon, William, 247. 

Tucker, Heriot &, 107. 

Tuke, John, 32. 

Turner, John, 38, 246 (2), 252; Let- 
ters to, 13, 73, 249-250. 

Turning, 65, 155. 

Turpentine, II, 116. 

Tweed, William, 91. 

Twine, 18, 172, 197. 

Tybee, 212, 216, 218, 232, 250. 

United States ; Money of, 202. 

Valentine, William, Commissary Gen- 
eral, 36; Letter to, 137-138. 
Valk, Jacob, 83, 108. 
Vaughn, Captain, 56. 
Vesey, John, 140. 
Vice President, 42, 86, 160. 
Vinegar, 65. 
Volunteer (ship), 113, 114 (3), 115 

(4), Il6 (2), 117 (2), I2O (2), 121 



(2), 122, 130 (2), 131, 132, 140 (2), 

141, 142, 143 (2) ; Letter to the 
owners of the, 132. 
Volunteers, 211, 212 (2), 213 (2). 

Wade, Thomas, 23 ; Letter from, 22. 
Wagonmaster General, 131. 
Wakefield, James, 128. 
Waldron, Jacob, 84, 85. 

Wallace, , 240 (2), 242. 

Ward, Joshua, 3. 

Waring, , 253. 

Waring, Thomas, 3, 68, 246; Letter 

to, 99. 

Warren, John, 143. 
Warshing, George, 83. 
Warshington, Benjamin, 76, 88, 107. 
Washington, D. C, 4 (2). 
Wasp (brigantine-of-war), 197, 202. 
Wells, John, 231. 
Wells, John, Jr., 37, 45, 59, 147; 

Gazette of, 182. 

Wells, Richard, 105, 198, 199, 214, 239. 
Wells, Samuel, 70, 102, 127, 140, 173. 
Werly, Melchior, 56. 
Wershing, Casper, 58, 164. 
West Florida, 19, 23. 
West Indies, 15, 19 (2), 105 (2), 169 

(2), 237. 
Weyman, Edward, 90, 91, 95, 96, 172, 

192. 

Wheeler & Smith, 140. 
White & Doughty, 253. 
Wilkins, Benjamin, 96. 
Wilkins, James, 96. 
Wilkins, William, 142, 234. 
Wilkins's Fort, 131. 
Will, Mr.. 80. 
Will, Philip, 101. 
Willason, Samuel, 178. 
Williams, David, 58. 
Williams, James, 200. 
Williams, Jarvis, 145. 
Williams, John Mortimer, 231. 
Williamson, Alexander, 227 (2). 
Williman, Christopher, 39 (2). 
Williman, Jacob, 25, 39, 57, 68, 102. 
Wilson, David, 125. 
Wine, 199. 
Winyah Bay, Bar of, 90. 



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Wood, 65, 68, 120, 123. Yards, 17. (See Shipyards.) 

Woodhouse, James, 91, 104, 107, 108 Yates, Jacob Van Ness, 4. 

(2), 109, 155'; Letter to, no. Yates, Joseph, 56. 

Wragg's Wharf, Charles Town, 46. York, Michael, 40. 

Wright, Alexander, 231, 241, 244, Young, Benjamin, 3. 

246. Young, James, 105. 
Wright, James, 32, 156. 



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