Salem Sepr. 28. 1815.
The within letter is from Capn. Charles Stewart of the navy, & contains his answer, to your offer to him, of a seat at the navy Board; he declines accepting it.
To whom will you be pleased to offer it now? Decatur may be home soon from the Medn.; I doubt some, if it would suit his activity; there is Capts. Evans & Sinclair. The first is at NY, the latter gentleman has been ordered to the Consitution Frigate. More might be chosen from, if the Squadron was home from Algiers, but either of the above named Captains, in my opinion, would make a good associate at the Board.
May I hope for your instructions? Accept, sir, my best wishes, & believe me to be, Sincerly Yours
B W Crowninshield
DLC: Papers of James Madison.