Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To COMMODORE JOHN MANLEY Cambridge, January 28, 1776.

    Sir: I received your agreable Letter of the 26th. Instt, giving an Account of your having taken and carried into Plymouth, two of the Enemy's Transports. Your Conduct in engaging the eighth Gun Schooner, with so few Hands as you went out with, your Attention in securing your Prizes, and your general good Behaviour since you first engaged in the Service, merits mine, and your Country's Thanks. 56

[Note:"Captain Manley took two prizes last week and to save himself was obliged to run his vessel ashore at North River and left her; the enemy boarded her, but Manley gave them such heavy fire that they were obliged to quit her, taking nothing, save one swivel gun, which gun he sometime before borrowed of them." -- Gen. Artemas Ward to Congress, Feb. 3, 1776. ]

    You may be assured that every Attention will be paid to any reasonable Request of yours, and that you shall have the Command of a stronger Vessel of War; but as it will take up some Time before such a one can be fitted out, my Desire is, that you continue in the Hancock, untill the End of the Cruize. When that is out you will come to Head Quarters, and we will confer together on the Subject of the other Ship. I wish you could engage Men at Plymouth to make your Complement at least 40 strong. It would enable you to encounter the small Tenders that may fall in your Way; tho' I would rather have you avoid

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an Engagement, until you have a Ship that will place you upon a more equal Footing with your Enemy. I need not recommend to you to proceed again and pursue your good Fortune. I wish you could inspire the Captains of the other armed Schooners under your Command with some of your Activity and Industry. Cannot you appoint such Stations for them, where they may have the best Chance of intercepting Supplies going to the Enemy? They dare not disobey your Orders as it is mentioned in the Instructions I have given to each of them, that they are to be under your Command as Commodore, and as such I desire that you will give them such Instructions in Writing, as to you will appear proper for the good of the Service. I am, Sir, wishing you a Continuance of Success. Your's &c.