From Benjamin W. Crowninshield
Navy Department June 13th 1816.
In compliance with your request by letter of the 30th January last, I now have the pleasure to inform you I have transmitted a Midshipman’s Warrant to Mr Thomas M. Randolph, being one of the first issued since that date.
I should be happy at the same time to order Mr Randolph into service, but the present state of our Navy affords employment to a few only of our numerous Officers of this grade. His wishes in this respect will be favorably considered, when occasion shall present of giving him orders for active service.
B W Crowninshield
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Crowninshield; at foot of text in clerk’s hand: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 June 1816 and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 45, LSNO).