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To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 30 May 1804

From Robert Smith

Navy Depmt. May 30. 1804

I have the honor to request your Signature to the enclosed Warrant as Midshipman for Mr. Gamble. He belongs to one of the Frigates of the present Squadron and has been some time appointed but owing to his being employed in the recruiting service at New York, has not yet received his Warrant.

Rt Smith

FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP); at head of text: “The President.”

Midshipman Thomas gamble served on the frigates Congress, Constitution, and Essex in the Mediterranean squadron between 1804 and 1806. Smith had originally appointed Gamble a midshipman on 25 Apr. 1804 and had the warrant delivered to him on 30 May upon his arrival in Washington (NDBW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers, Washington, D.C., 1939-44, 6 vols. and Register of Officer Personnel and Ships’ Data, 1801-1807, Washington, D.C., 1945 description ends , Register, 20; Smith to Gamble, 25 Apr., in DNA: RG 45, LSO).

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