Jany 9th. 09
The enclosed note, was recd this morning, I had desired [Mr] Smith to confer with you [on] the subject; If he can without [de]lay fit out the vessel at Charleston, and convey the Genl. to N.O. [. . . .] might return & cruise off the [. . . .]ia Coast, or elsewher. will [yo]u please to give Mr. Smith your opinnion in such measures as to [let] the question rest with him, or otherways as you may think proper.—
DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.