From Paul Hamilton
City of Washington Jany 2d 1812 
My dear Sir
I have this day been favored with your letter recommendatory of Mr Taggart as a Midshipman in the Navy of the United States, and request you will believe that, to have been authorized to comply with your wishes would have afforded me real gratification, but having previously, resigned my place under the general government, I am denied this satisfaction—I will, consequently, leave the application to the decision of my Successor in Office—
I avail myself of this occasion to assure you that, in either your present or preceding situations, no one has more respected or admired you than I have done; and I offer the assurance of my sincere wishes for your welfare & happiness
RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 197:35053); misdated; at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 2 Jan. 1813 received four days later and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in TJ to John Taggart, 8 Jan. 1813, and Taggart to TJ, 25 Jan. 1813.
Hamilton’s successor as secretary of the navy was William Jones.