Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Abishai Thomas, 6 March 1802

From Abishai Thomas

Saturday March 6th [1802]

For the information of the President A. Thomas, in the absence of the Secretary of the Navy, has the honor to enclose to him a Letter receiv’d this morning from Com. Truxton, containing the pleasing intelligence that the Beef & Pork ordered for the Chesapeake about the safety of which some apprehensions were entertained has safely arrived.

RC (DLC); partially dated; addressed: “President United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 6 Mch. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

On 5 Mch., Thomas had written Commodore Thomas Truxtun (TRUXTON) to acknowledge receipt of Truxtun’s letter of 20 Feb. and to express surprise that the beef and pork ordered for the frigate CHESAPEAKE at Norfolk had not yet arrived, especially since several agents had informed the department that shipments of those provisions were made some time ago. Thomas also informed Truxtun that the secretary of the navy, Robert Smith, was in Baltimore and was expected to return to Washington “on Monday next.” If the supplies had not arrived by then, Thomas presumed that Smith would direct the agent at Norfolk, William Pennock, to make up the deficiency (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSO).

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