From Robert Smith
Navy department 27th Augst. 1802.
Being apprehensive that the blank Commissions & Warrants mentioned in my Letter to you of the 17th instant, to have been transmitted to receive your signature, and which appear to have been Mis-sent, may not be recovered in time to accomodate Capt. Barron &. some other officers attached to the New York, I now do myself the honor to enclose twelve blanks of each, additional, & have to request that you will be pleased to sign & return them by next Monday’s Mail—If the former have been recovered & you should have sent them on, you can retain those now transmitted or return them at your leisure.
I have the honor to be with the utmost respect Sir Your mo obt Servt
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 29 Aug. and “blank commns” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP). Enclosures not found.