From Samuel Smith
Baltimore 15th. April 1792
The Enclosed publication has appear’d in the Philadelphia Papers. From its Nature (If fully Insisted on) It seems to Exclude all American Exports in our Own Bottoms going to England.—You will confer a very particular favor by informing me What your Opinion is on this Subject and whether the Clause of the Navigation Act will go to the prevention of American Ships Carrying American produce to Great Brittain &c. &c. I have the Honor to be Sir Your obdt. Servt.,
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by TJ as received 17 Apr. 1792 and so recorded in SJL.
Smith was troubled by Sir John Temple’s erroneous announcement on 9 Apr. 1792 concerning strict enforcement of the Navigation Act (National Gazette, 16 Apr. 1792). See note to George Hammond to TJ, 11 Apr. 1792.