Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 30 March 1802

From Robert Smith

Nav Dep 30 Mar 1802


The young gentleman for whom the enclosed is intended, has been recommended by Colo New for reinstatement in the Navy.

With your approbation the enclosed letter shall be forwarded.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir, your mo obt

Rt Smith

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “Prest. UStates”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 30 Mch. and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP). Enclosure: Smith to George Dabney, dated 30 Mch. 1802 and sent to the care of Anthony New, informing Dabney that he has been reinstated as a midshipman in the navy and is immediately to join the frigate Chesapeake at Norfolk (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSO).

YOUNG GENTLEMAN: George Dabney served as a midshipman on the Chesapeake during the Quasi-War before being discharged under the Peace Establishment Act. Shortly after his reinstatement, however, he received a medical furlough and did not return to active service until 1804. He resigned from the navy the following year (NDBW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers, Washington, D.C., 1939–44, 6 vols. and Register of Officer Personnel and Ships’ Data, 1801–1807, Washington, D.C., 1945 description ends , Register, 14; Smith to Dabney, 5 Aug. 1802, FC in Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSO).

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