From Thomas Clark
Philadelphia, June 1st. 1813.
The Publisher of the Sketches of the Naval History of the United States, having determined on printing a second edition of that work, I take the liberty to request of you, if convenient, a detailed account of the Naval Engagements and Expeditions, by vessels of the United States, in which you have been personally concerned, or the accounts of which you have received from persons of veracity, who have been in them; likewise of any gallant exploit of American Naval Officers or Seamen.
Any other information on the Naval affairs and Commerce of the United States, or biographical memoirs of distinguished Naval Commanders, you may be pleased to communicate, will be thankfully received and acknowledged by,
Please direct your communication to the Publisher, Mr. M. Carey.
RC (DLC); consisting entirely of a printed circular; endorsed by TJ as received 9 June 1813 and so recorded in SJL.
Thomas Clark (1787–1860), a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attended Saint Mary’s College in Baltimore before entering the United States Army as a third lieutenant of artillery in 1813. He reached the rank of captain and served with the topographical engineers before his honorable discharge in 1815 (James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, Appletons’ Cyclopædia of American Biography [1887–89], 1:631; Heitman, U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:305; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:358, 380 [18 June, 1 July 1813]; Clark to James Madison, 24 Jan. 1814 [DLC: Madison Papers]; Clark to James Monroe, 31 Oct., 29 Nov. 1814 [DNA: RG 107, LRSW]; Philadelphia Public Ledger, 26 Apr. 1860).
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