Orders, commission, and warrant of Alexander Spotswood, 1711 Aug. 30.
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Orders and Instructions for Joseph Bannister Commanding the Spy boat Jenny & Mary You are during yr continuance in this Service to Sail every morning wind & weather permitting) to ye Capes for discovering ye approach of any of the Enemys Ships of war and at night to return constantly to point Comfort and there come to an anchor within the Battery You are to take under yr Charge all the tools & materials employed about raising ye battery at point Comfort, and for that purpose to appoint one man out of ye Crew under yr comd to keep guard by night at ye east end of ye sd Battery and to take care yt [that] ye sd Guard be constantly relieved every houre In case you discover any of the Enemys Ships of war standing toward this Coast You are with all speed to informe Mr Geo: Walker yrof [thereof], and if you find ye Enemy So near that they may be like [to get?] up ye River before you can [comunicate?] ye alarm You are to hoist an Ensign or Jack at yr Topmast head as soon as you think it can be perceived from ye Shore & keep firing musqts [muskets] untill you observe ye Country has taken the alarm If the enemy come within ye Capes You are with the men under yr Command to repair to ye Battery at Point Comfort and there to get ye Great Guns in a readiness for ye defence of the River untill you receive a Reinforcemt of the militia & then you are to continue to assist in plying the Great Guns & to receive orders from ye Chief Militia officer there present And for yr better guidance in this [illegible] you are to follow such orders as you shal receive from Collo Wilson or Mr Curle