WashingtonApril 27, 1816
To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting
Know Ye That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Patriotism Valour Fidelity and Abilities of John Gwinn I have nominated and by and with the Advice and Consent of the SENATE do appoint him a Lieutenant in the Navy in the Service of the United States He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the Duties of Lieutenant by doing and performing all Manner of Things thereunto belonging And I strictly charge and require all Officers Seamen and Marines under his Command to be obedient to his Orders as Lieutenant And he is to deserve and follow such Orders and Directions from time to time as he shall receive from me or the future PRESIDENT of the United States of America or his superior Officer set over him according to the Rules & Discipline of THE NAVY This commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the Time being Given under my Hand at WASHINGTON this twenty seventh day of April in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand eight Hundred sixteen and in the fortieth Year of the Independence of the United States.
By command of the President of the United States of America
B W Crowninshield