To Robert Smith
Monticello Sep. 17. 1802.
The object of the present is merely to acknolege the reciept of yours of the 14th. and to mention that I have recieved a letter from mr Gallatin disapproving of the first order for the sailing of the John Adams, on general grounds & also on the special ground that the appropriations for that object were exhausted: further that mr Madison will be with me tomorrow, and that I will then take the subject into consideration and give you the result by the post which leaves this the 20th. you will recieve it the 21st. in the mean time I would recommend that1 the vessel should not be moved from her present birth. Accept assurances of my affectionate esteem & respect.
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Secretary of the Navy.” Recorded in SJL as a letter to the Navy Department with notation “the John Adams.”
1. TJ here canceled “the preparations be suspended.”