Nov. 15. 1804
To the House of Representatives
of the United States.
Agreeably to your resolution of the 9th. instant I now lay before you a statement of the circumstances attending the destruction of the frigate Philadelphia, with the names of the officers and the number of men employed on the occasion: to which I have to add that Lieutenant Decatur was thereupon advanced to be a Captain in the Navy of the US.
DNA: RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.