Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 19 February 1803

From Robert Smith

[19 Feb. 1803]

The Secretary of the Navy has not deemed it expedient to write the proposed letter to Jacob Bauldin because he cannot ascertain that such a person is in the City or in Geo. Town. It is, besides, believed that such a person, if worthy of attention, would present himself in person—He certainly ought to do so—

RC (DLC); undated; addressed: “The President”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 19 Feb. and “Bauldin” and so recorded in SJL as a letter of 19 Feb.

A letter from jacob bauldin to TJ, dated 15 Feb. 1803 from Washington, is recorded in SJL as received 17 Feb. with the notation “N,” but has not been found.

Index Entries