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To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 28 December 1803

From Robert Smith

Navy dept.
Decr. 28. 1803.


I have the honor to present for your consideration the following Gentlemen to be Midshipmen in the Navy.

Jacquelin Harvie Virga. Recomdd. by Mr. Harvie
John Lyon Md. Colo. Stricker.
Richard Wilson Md. Rt. Brent Esqre.
Charles Blake1 Md. Mr. Nicholson
Henry Thomas Md. J. Gibson Esqre.
B. F. Rittenhouse Ca. Genl. Smith. of Va.
Alexr. S. Dexter R. Id. Mr. Dexter.
Edd. Winslow Mtts. Doctor Eustis
Thos. Shields Del. Mr. Rodney.
Andw. McDowell Vt. Mr. Elliott.

Should you approve of these appointments the enclosed Warrants will require your signature.—

I have the honor to be, with much respect, Sir, yr ob: servt.

Rt Smith

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 28 Dec. and “midshipmen” and so recorded in SJL. FC (DNA: RG 45, LSP); in a clerk’s hand. Enclosures not found.

Smith wrote letters to all of the candidates for midshipman listed above, except for Charles Blake, on 2 Jan. 1804, forwarding their warrants, copies of various navy regulations, and blank oaths of allegiance to be returned to the Navy Department along with their letters of acceptance (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSO).

1In FC, a note records that Blake was “not warranted.”

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