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To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Smith, 10 June 1801

From Samuel Smith

Nav: Department—10 June 1801

The Secy of the Navy has the honor of submitting to the President, his letter in answer to Governor Drayton’s, on the subject of French Prisoners in custody in South Carolina—

RC (DLC); addressed: “President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 10 June and “lre to Govr Drayton” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Smith to John Drayton, 10 June, acknowledging the receipt of Drayton’s letter to TJ of 21 May, and enclosing copies of the following letters: circular from Benjamin Stoddert to William Crafts and other navy agents, 17 Feb. 1801, directing that all French prisoners in their custody be delivered to Philippe de Létombe, the French consul, and that their names be forwarded to the secretary of the navy; circular from Stoddert to Crafts and other navy agents, 10 Mch. 1801, instructing them to provide French prisoners in their custody with “cheap cloathing” and to pay French officers on parole an allowance of two dollars per week; unidentified letter to Létombe (not found); extract of a letter from Crafts to the secretary of the navy (not found); Smith trusted the enclosures would show Drayton “that this department has attended in a proper Manner to the subject of your Letter” (all FCs in Lb in DNA: RG 45, MLS).

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