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I have been honored with the receipt of your communication under date of the 7th. instt, accompanied by a Commission appointing me Secretary of the Navy, and present you my sincere thanks for this distinguished proof of your confidence. If the apprehensions which I feel that I may fall short of your expectations and my own wishes were allowed to influence my determination, I would be induced...
14 May 1809. Covering letter from Secretary Hamilton accompanies a memorandum on the condition of ships of the line and gunboats. Of the fourteen commissioned ships, all but three “are ready for service at a moment’s warning; & the frigates United States & Essex & corvette Jno. Adams are very nearly ready.” All of the gunboats except those stationed in New Orleans “have been placed in a State...
Expecting that the recent accounts from England will occasion you to return shortly to this place, and that in that event, you may wish to have the Heads of the Departments present, I beg leave to mention that I shall postpone my departure for Carolina untill I am favored with a knowledge of your determination on this subject. Although extremely anxious to return to my domestic comforts, no...
I had the honor of writing you yesterday, since which, some reflection on the late accounts received from England inducing me to beleive that, under the present aspect of Affairs, you would think it inexpedient to diminish any of our preparations for defence, I have ventured to suspend, untill your sentiments can be known, the Orders which, conformably to the determination made at our last...
1 December 1809, Navy Department. Encloses report on condition of “Vessels of Warr & Gun Boats,” distinguishing between those commissioned before the navy act of 31 Jan. 1809 and “the Number fitted out under that Act.” Also appends reports on expenditures authorized by the act of 3 Mar. regulating the treasury, war, and navy departments. RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages);...
The death of Mr Keith Spence, late navy agent at New Orleans, having been duly notified to this Department, the public interests require that an immediate appointment be made to that vacancy; and as in that distant agency it is peculiarly necessary that the officer should possess a thorough knowledge of the business which will be confided to him, I beg leave to recommend, to be nominated to...
Docr. Fraser of South Carolina, whom I take the liberty of mentioning to you for nomination to the Senate as Surgeon in the Navy, is personally known to me, as a gentleman of great professional merit—& his services are now required at Charleston S. C. I have the honor to be with great respect sir yr mo obt. RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 45, LSP ). RC in Goldsborough’s hand, signed by...
Docr Julius R Shumate has been particularly recommended by Mr. Love of the House of Representatives for the appointment of Surgeon’s Mate in the Navy—& his services are now wanted at New orleans. I have the honor to be with great respect sir yr mo ob st. RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 45, LSP ). RC in Goldsborough’s hand, signed by Hamilton; docketed by JM. On 27 Dec. JM nominated...
In the Navy Estimate for the year 1810, it was stated to Congress, that for keeping in a state of repair the frigates & other Vessels now in commission, the sum of 150,000 Dollars would be required; & that for repairing the frigates & other vessels & gunboats in ordinary, there would be required the further sum of 450,000. Congress appropriated 150,000 only; & the Department having in this, as...
I enclose for your information copies of letters relating to another outrage on our Flag. Some of the Gun Boats on the Orleans station having become unfit for service, I judged it expedient to replace them by one of our most active brigs of a depth of draft convenient in the waters of that Territory. For this purpose the Vixen was selected, and it being necessary that, on that distant station,...