Washington May 23d. 1815.
By yesterdays mail, I sent you copies of a corispondence, which had taken place between the Coms. of the Navy Board, & myself, which I thought extraordinary, because, I did not perceive what was the object of it, unless it was, to control the Dept:, for I had consulted some one of them, upon every measure that was necessary, in my opinion, to ask their advice, & we was harmonising very pleasantly together, as I believed, until the inquiry was demanded, of what I was doing with the squadron, said to destined for the Meditn: -; to day I transmit another letter since recd from the Board, which, will close all corispondence with the Board, untill I recd Instructions from you.
In all this business, I have been guided by the advice of Col Monroe & Mr Dallas; & which coincided with my own, it was not rash on my part, but was called for, in order to protect the Dept from ruin. I am very respectfully yrs,
B W Crowninshield
DLC: Papers of James Madison.