Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles W. Goldsborough, 10 May 1802

From Charles W. Goldsborough

Nav: dep: 10. May—1802.

The President

The enclosed exhibits a view of the deposits made with the Treasurer of the Navy—the drafts upon him, & the balance in his hands of monies subject to the orders of the Secretary of the Navy: for the week ending 8 instant.

I have the honor to be Sir; your mo: ob: servt.

for Rob: Smith

Ch: W: Goldsborough

Ch: Clk: Nav: dep:

FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP). Recorded in SJL as received from the Navy Department on 13 May and “Warrants.” Enclosure not found.

A member of a distinguished Maryland family and a Navy Department clerk, Charles W. Goldsborough (1779–1843) became chief clerk of the department in 1802, succeeding Abishai Thomas, and served in the position until 1813. His long career in the Navy Department later included service as a clerk for the commissioners of the navy and chief of the bureau of provisions and clothing. In 1824, he published an early history of the navy entitled The United States’ Naval Chronicle (Appleton’s Cyclopædia of American Biography, 6 vols. [New York, 1888], 2:672–3; Baltimore Patriot, 18 Mch. 1813; Daily National Intelligencer, 26 Apr. 1815; Washington, D.C. Daily Madisonian, 15 Nov. 1843; Vol. 35:447n).

TREASURER OF THE NAVY: Goldsborough probably refers to the accountant of the Navy Department, Thomas Turner (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Miscellaneous, 1:304).

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