James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Smith, 3 July 1805 (Abstract)

From Robert Smith, 3 July 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Robert Smith. 3 July 1805, Navy Department. “Will you be pleased to send me an order on the director of the mint, to permit George Harrison esquire navy agent at Philadelphia, or an artist under his direction to use the machine for striking coins in the case of the medal for commre. Preble—& to furnish the necessary aid in preparing the steel to sink the die on.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 45, Letters to Secretary of State). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Smith.

1On 3 Mar. 1805 Congress passed a resolution that the president be asked to present Commodore Edward Preble with a gold medal in recognition of his actions in the U.S. attack on Tripoli. Smith sent the medal to Preble on 17 May 1806 (Annals of Congress, 8th Cong., 2d sess., 1703; PJM-PS, 5:519 and n. 1, 520 n. 2).

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