Whereas, by the resignation of Henry Dearborne, late Secretary at War, that office is become vacant. I therefore do hereby authorize John Smith, chief clerk of the office of the Department of War, to perform the duties of the said office, until a successor be appointed. Given under my hand at Washington this 17th. day of February 1809.
DNA: RG 107—LRUS—Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Unregistered Series.