James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Jones, 12 January 1813

To William Jones

Washington Jany. 12. 1813


The inclosed commission will inform you of your appointment to be Secretary of the Navy.1 I hope it will not be incompatible with your views, to aid the public, especially at the present conjuncture, with your valuable talents; and that you will be able, without delay, to enter on the important duties of the Department committed to you; no temporary provision having been made for the vacancy produced by the resignation of Mr. Hamilton. Accept assurances of my great esteem & friendly respects.

James Madison

RC (PHi: William Jones Papers).

1Enclosure not found, but a photocopy of Jones’s commission, dated 12 Jan. 1813 and signed by JM and Monroe, may be found in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (ibid.). JM had already nominated Jones on 8 Jan. 1813 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:315).

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