New York Feby. 27th. 1799.
Most Respected Sir
The Bearer Mr. Mariner, is the son of Capt. Mariner at Rye, whose services during the last war, I took a pleasure in relating to you, and observed that our Country could not boast of a more enterprising and trust-worthy officer,
This Gentleman has lately returned from sea and having spent the whole of his early Life in that service, presents himself to The President as a Candidate for a Lieutenancy in the navy. from the diferent stations which Mr. Mariner has served in, it is presumable he is fully competent to fill the station he aspires to, with credit to himself, and benifit to his Country, from what little knowledge I have, in that time, I must confess, connected with Mr. Mariners manners, conversation, and appearance, I doubt not his application will be well received at the Navy office, & that The President will be agreably impressed relative to him—I have the Honor to be, / With the highest Respect, Your most / Obedt. & very Humble Servt.,
W. S. Smith
MHi: Adams Papers.