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.
RC (PHi: William Jones Papers).
1. Enclosure 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).