Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 31 August 1802

From Robert Smith

Navy department 31 Augt. 1802


On making out Capt. Barron’s orders I find that we are without your signature to any of the printed instructions to the commanders of our armed vessels, I have therefore the honor to enclose twelve copies, & to ask that you will be pleased to Sign & return them by the next Mail—

Capt. Barron is hauling out of the Eastern Branch, & will have dropped down to Hampton Road before these instructions can return, but as he will have to recruit some men & take in some stores at Norfolk they may probably overtake him there—If not, they must be sent by the John Adams which will follow in a few days, and in the mean time Capt. Barron will not be without authority for acting under the general instructions of the Department and the orders of Commodore Morris

I have the honor to be with the utmost respect Sir Your most obt Servt.

Rt Smith

The Commissions & Warrants have been receive’d.

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 2 Sep. and “printed instrns to officers of Navy” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP, dated 30 Aug. 1802). Enclosures: twelve printed copies of TJ’s Circular to Naval Commanders, 18 Feb. 1802 (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 , 2:260; Vol. 36:605).

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