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Lee, Richard Henry (1732-1794) A list of provisions to be furnished by the commisary for the use of the French squadron under the command of Vice Admiral d'Estaing

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02471.26 Author/Creator: Lee, Richard Henry (1732-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Document signed Date: 16 July 1778 Pagination: 1 p. : docket : 33.5 x 21 cm.

List of provisions to be provided by the "Marine Committee" to the "French Squadron" commanded by Admiral d'Estaing. Lists amount needed. Items include bread, salt pork, hog heads & feet, salt fish, cheese, peas, beans, rice, beer, and vinegar. States one third of these provisions must be received immediately, and the rest whenever d'Estaing desires. If any particular articles cannot be obtained, they should be replaced by equal amounts of similar articles, except vinegar which "is indispensable." If the French find they need some items more than others, they can change the quantities to fit this need.

Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector, Comte d'Estaing, was a French Vice Admiral sent with twelve battleships and fourteen frigates to assist the colonies during the American Revolution. Also known as the Marquis de Saillans.
Richard Henry Lee served as a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, and later as a Senator.

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