§ From Robert Smith
21 April 1804, Navy Department. “I enclose a letter from John Tilden to me [not found].
“There was a John Tilden in the Navy service. He was appointed a Midsn. in January, ordered to the Brig Norfolk in April, and resigned in December 1800. He was the Son of Mr. Marmaduke Tilden, who has long been a Resident of Kent County Maryland. He was of respectable discent. I have no doubt the Writer of the enclosed Letter is the same person. The hand writing corresponds. We have a letter on file from the Mr. Tilden who was in the Navy service and no difference can be discerned between the hand writing of this Letter and the one enclosed.”
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 45, Letters to Secretary of State). 1 p.