From Robert Smith
Nav Dep 22nd May 1802
The two first mentioned of these gentlemen have been serving in the capacity of acting Midshipmen for several years—They are mentioned in very handsome terms by their Commanding officers.
I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect & esteem, Sir, your mo ob St.
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “Prest: U: States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 31 May and “commissions &c” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).
John DOWNES and Louis ALEXIS both served on the frigate Constitution during the Quasi-War. William C. SMITH previously served as an acting surgeon’s mate on the frigate President in the Mediterranean. All three men received commissions dated 1 June 1802 (NDQW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War between the United States and France, Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1935–38, 7 vols. (cited by years) description ends , Dec. 1800–Dec. 1801, 315, 326; NDBW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers, Washington, D.C., 1939–44, 6 vols. and Register of Officer Personnel and Ships’ Data, 1801–1807, Washington, D.C., 1945 description ends , Register, 1, 16, 51).