James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Lewis Condit, 18 March 1816

House of Reps. March 18th. 1816.


Having learned that the office of the Ac⟨comp⟩tant in the Navy Department is vacant permit me to ask your attention on behalf of my esteemed friend Bernard Smith of N. Jersey, as a person worthy the appointment. His employment formerly under your own eye, in the State Departmt., renders it unnecessary for me to say any thing, concerning his qualifications or his morals.--In N. Jersey, he has always been, the ⟨   ⟩ citizen, - the uniform Republican, the zealous supporter of the character & measures of the government.--He lost one belo⟨ved brother⟩ in the field ⟨where⟩ Covington fell, & another gathered laure⟨ls in the⟩ Mediterranean with the gallant Decatur,- both of whom were brought into their Countrys service by the instrumentality of this their elder brother. - If consistently with other considerations, you can confer this appointment upon him, as a Jerseyman I shall feel gratified, & I believe it may be truly said, that our little State, has neither claimed nor enjoyed, a very large share of public honors or emoluments. With the highest respect & esteem your mo: obt. servt.

Lewis Condict

House of Reps. March 18th. 1816.

We concur cheerfully with our Colleague, in the within recommendation & application in behalf of Mr. Smith, for the appointment of Accomptant in the Navy Department.

Thomas ⟨?⟩ Ward

Henry Southard

Ephm. Bateman

DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.

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