Navy Department, September 18th. 1816.
I have the honour to transmit the enclosed Papers, which are of sufficient importance to induce me to trouble you upon the subjects they embrace, and to ask for instructions.
I have presumed to present these documents to your consideration, previously to taking any other step in the absence of the Secretary of the Navy. Most respectfully, I am, Sir, Your Obedt. Servt.
DNA: RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.