Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 27 May 1803

From Robert Smith

Navy depmt.
May 27. 1803


I enclose six blank warrants which it is intended to fill up with the names of the following young Gentlemen for Midshipmen

George W. Barker recommended by
Mr. Gregg
John Quynn Mr. Duvall & others
John R. Sherwood Jacob Gibson & others—
John Nevitt R. Bowie & others—
John Pettigrew Docr. Bullus & others
Thos. Baldwin jr. Ben. Austin & others—

Should you approve of these appointments, the enclosed warrants will require your Signature.—

I have the honor to be, with high respect, Sir, yr mo: ob: 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 and “Midshipmen” and so recorded in SJL at 27 May. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).

On 30 May, Smith sent warrants for midshipmen to George W. barker of Pennsylvania; John quynn, John R. sherwood, and John nevitt of Maryland; John pettigrew of Washington, D.C.; and Thomas baldwin, Jr., of Massachusetts. Barker, however, refused to accept his warrant and returned it to the Navy Department (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSO).

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