From Robert Smith
I enclose a blank warrant for your signature to be filled with the name of Joseph Nicholson as midshipman should you approve it—He is son of Capn. S. Nicholson of Boston, and is recommended by Commodore Preble—
I have the honor to be with much respect Sir yr. obt. Serv.
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 15 July and “Nicholson. midshipman.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).
Upon receiving his warrant, joseph nicholson was assigned to duty on the frigate Constitution (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, 40).