Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Smith, 26 June 1801

From Samuel Smith

Balte. 26th. June 1801


I return you my sincere thanks for your favorable Intention respectg. Mr. Buchanan—I am pleased with it, because I am confident Mr. Lewis would have been a very improper Character—

I am happy to find that the sending the squadron to the Mediterranean & your very early determination to that Object has met the entire satisfaction of the Commercial people—All seem to think that more ships will be necessary in Case of War with Algiers. The Boston & Adams being held in a State of preparation therefore gratifies the Merchants Still more—It will soon be known whether that power will go to War or not—My private Affairs will prevent my again going to Washington unless you should think my services absolutely necessary in such Case, I will again go down—I suppose Mr. Langdon may want my assistance for a few days if So, It will not be refused—

I shall require the Commission for Mr. Buchanan, on the 10th or 13th July. With Real Esteem & the sincerest friendship I am

your Obedt. Servt.

S. Smith

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 27 June and so recorded in SJL.

The frigates Boston and Adams were both retained under the Peace Establishment Act. On 6 June, Smith ordered that the Boston be immediately readied to follow the Mediterranean squadron that left Norfolk on 1 June. The following day, Smith ordered the captain of the Adams to prepare an inventory of his vessel, but not to strip it of its equipment because “it is possible the ship may be wanted for service” (NDQW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War between the United States and France, Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1935–38, 7 vols. (cited by years) description ends , Dec. 1800–Dec. 1801, 246, 247–8).

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