From Robert Smith
Nav Dep 4 May 1802
Mr. John R Leaycraft of New York, & Mr. Drury M. Allen of Buckingham County, Virginia, have been strongly recommended for Midshipmen in the Navy—
I therefore do myself the honor to enclose Warrants for them, wc. require your signature, should you concur in their appointment—
I have the honor to be, most respectfully, Sir, Your ob servt.
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “Prest. United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 4 May and “Midshipmen” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).