From Robert Smith
2nd March 1803
I enclose Warrants for
Walter G Anderson
Wm. Ballard &
Wm. R Nicholson.
to be Midshipmen in the Navy. These young gentleman have all been well recommended—and should you approve their appointment, the enclosed Warrants will require your Signature.
I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir yr ob st
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “President U States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 3 Mch. and “Nominns” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).
well recommended: for recommendations in favor of Francis Mitchell, including one from TJ, see Vol. 38:410, 428, 533. William R. Nicholson, a relative of Congressman Joseph H. Nicholson, was killed in a duel in 1804 (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 , 5:42, 376).