From Robert Smith
July 6. 1803
I have the honor to enclose 12 blank commissions to which your Signature is requested.—
They are wanted for Officers who have been heretofore appointed but not properly commissioned, their appointments having been made out on blank warrants.—
With high respect, I am Sir, yr mo: ob: Servt.
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith; at foot of text: “The President of the U. States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 6 July and “blank commns.” and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSP).