Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 24 July 1802

From Robert Smith

Navy department 24 July 1802


I have the honor to request your Signature to the Commission herewith enclosed for Lieut Philomon C: Wederstrandt:

This Gentleman has been heretofore Commissioned, but as his Commission was filled up on a blank, originally intended for a Warrant, he is desirous to have it exchanged.

With the utmost respect I have the honor to be Sir Your mo. obt. Servt.

Rt Smith

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 31 July and “Wederstrand’s commn.” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).

Philemon Charles WEDERSTRANDT of Maryland served as a midshipman and as a lieutenant during the Quasi-War with France. He was retained as a lieutenant under the Peace Establishment Act of 1801 and was eventually promoted to the rank of master commandant in 1807 (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, 356; 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, 58).

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