Thomas Jefferson Papers

Benjamin W. Crowninshield to Thomas Jefferson, 9 February 1816

From Benjamin W. Crowninshield

Navy Department February 9th 1816.


I am honoured by your letter of the 30th ultimo, in behalf of Mr Thomas M. Randolph, who is desirous of engaging in the Naval Service of the United States.

The application is filed and recorded, and his Appointment will be attended to, with deference to your request in his favour, so soon as a Resignation, or what may be considered a vacancy, shall permit.

I appreciate, with grateful sensibility, the expression of your sentiments in regard to my late Brother; and assure you, of the high estimation in which I consider you, as one of the first benefactors of our common Country.

B W Crowninshield

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Crowninshield; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Feb. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Garrit Storm, 2 Mar. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Late President of the U. States Monticello Va”; franked; postmarked Washington, 11 Feb. FC (DNA: RG 45, ROSN, General Letterbook, 12:399).

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