19 April 1777
Morris, Robert (1734-1806)
Autograph letter signed
Title: to Samuel and Robert Purviance
Morris, chairman of a Congressional secret committee, acknowledges receipt of correspondence from the Purviance brothers, merchants in Baltimore, Maryland. Transmits inventories (not included) of two prize vessels, discusses a recent purchase of flour (possibly for military use) conducted by the Purviances, and relates that the committee will not purchase the prize vessels. Refers the Purviances' previous request regarding military clothing to James Mease, appointed in 1776 as clothier general. Referring to Captain James Nicholson, in command of the ship Virginia, states "It would give us pleasure to hear that the Virginia Cap Nicholson was sailed & your Bay cleared of the Enemies ships, There are several of them at Cape Henlopen where they have done much mischief." Signed by Morris, by order of the secret committee.