Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 12 June 1802

From Robert Smith

Nav: dep: 12. June—1802.—


I have the honor to enclose herewith a Warrant of Midshipman for William Sim. He is the son of a very meritorious officer in our revolutionary War.—

With much respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, Yr mo: ob: servt.—

Rt Smith

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 12 June and “Midshipman” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA:RG 45, LSP).

After receiving his warrant, WILLIAM SIM was assigned to the frigate John Adams. He was probably the SON of Patrick Sim, a lieutenant colonel of Maryland troops during the Revolutionary War (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, 50; Heitman, Register description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1793, new ed., Washington, D.C., 1914 description ends , 497).

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