From Robert Smith
Washington Mar. 17., 1803.
The Constellation Capt Murray is arrived and is now in the Eastern Branch. Her crew will be discharged immediately.
As nothing but a formidable force will effect an honorable peace with Tripoli and repress the dispositions of the other Barbary powers to hostility, would it not be adviseable to send immediately to the Medn either the Constitution now lying at Boston or the Philad now lying at Philad—Either of these Ships Could be in the Mediterranean in the Month of May.
Most respectfully I am Sir, Your Obed Servt
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 21 Mch. and “Murray. Tripoli” and so recorded in SJL.