Jan. 27. 08.
Th:J. to mr Smith
I think the answer to the Mayor of N. York must be that the law fixes the number of men we may subsist & pay, that having already that number employed, no authority but the legislature can give subsistence or pay to any additional number. Affectte. salutns.
DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.