Orders to got to Baltimore and examine and obtain vessels that can be furnished with guns

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Date June 1798
Author Name War Office Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Joshua Humphreys
Summary Letter directs Joshua Humphreys and Captain Thomas Thompson to proceed to Baltimore. In Baltimore, Humphreys and Thomas are to identify private ships suitable for military use and negotiate the purchase of such vessels. Must be able to carry between 16 and 22 guns with six, nine and twelve pound cannon. Guidance provided on criteria; examine age;, state of hull; timbers; masts; rigging; sails and any alterations and articles to fit her for sea. Obtain lowest price and keep account of expenses.
Document Format Letterbook
Source Collection: National Archives and Records Administration: Sec Navy Requisitions on Sec Treas, RG45

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