M 0149
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY LETTERS TO OFFICERS, 1798-1868
IN NATIONAL ARCHIVES (86 ROLLS)

 

 Note:  Only those rolls covering periods when CONSTITUTION was in squadron service have been researched. 

 

Roll 1 (March 16, 1798 ‑ April 15, 1799)

 

SecWar to Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 May 1798:

 

          "I have it to command from the President to direct you to repair on board the ship Constitution laying at Boston and to lose no Time in completing equipping and manning her for Sea.

          "The Lieutenant of Marines will immediately proceed to inlist [sic], agreeably to the inclosed Instructions and the Act intitled an 'act providing a naval armament' passed the first of July 1797.

          "You will forthwith cause such of the Sea officers, as may appears best calculated for the business, to open houses of Rendezvous in proper Places, and to exert Themselves to engage one hundred and Fifty able Seamen and one hundred and Three Midshipmen and ordinary Seamen, at the following terms of Service and Rates of Wages.  The Seamen to engage for twelve Months unless sooner discharged.  the Pay of the Able Seamen to be fourteen dollars per Month, The ordinary Seamen Ten Dollars.

          "You will instruct the officers at each Rendezvous to engage none other than healthy robust and well organized Men, and to reject those who may be scorbutic or consumptively affected.  You will direct the Surgeon or a Mate to attend at these places to examine each Sailor and Marine and to certify to the recruiting officer that they are well organized healthy and robust and free from scorbutic and consumptive affections, before he engages them or pays them any Money.  If Money is advanced or paid to any without such a certificate it will be at the risk of the officer paying It.

          "The Officer of each rendezvous shall make out on every Saturday a Return of the Number of Seamen recruited within the Week, stating therein the Number delivered over to the Ship, and transmit the same to the Captain, and a Duplicate to be forwarded to the Secy for the Department of War.

          "You will also transmit to the Secy for the Department of War a weekly Return exhibiting the Number of Marines, able and ordinary Seamen on board the Ship, and the incidents that have taken place respecting Them or any of Them; as also the progress that has been made in preparing her for Sea.

          "The commanding officer at each Rendezvous on the desertion of a Seaman or Marine, besides the usual Exertions and Means to be employed on such occasions to  recover and apprehend Them will transmit as soon as possible a Description of Them to the Secretary of War.

          "With respect to the Pay of the Marines and Seamen.  The Purser, till order'd otherwise, will act as Pay Master to the officers and Crew, and will receive from time to time Money for that purpose.

          "Marines may be advanced Two Dollars out of their first Month's Pay ‑ and Seamen Two Month's Pay, if they can not be obtained without such Advance.

          "The recruiting officers will be held accountable for all Monies paid in their hands for the recruiting service ‑ for the Expenditure of which proper vouchers must be produced at the Accountant's Office.

          "The Names of the Marines and Seamen are to be entered alphabetically in the Muster and Pay Rolls, and the Men to be mustered while in Port by a qualified Person whose Certificate as well as your's is to be attached to the Muster Roll.

          "It is the President's express orders, that you employ the most vigorous Exertions, to accomplish these several Objects and to put your ship as speedily as possible in a Situation to sail at the shortest Notice.

          "Should any articles for this Purpose by yet wanting you will specify them without delay in order to their being procured."

 

SecWar to Lieutenant Lemuel Clark, USMC, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 May 1798:

 

          "The President of the United States, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, having appointed you a Lieutenant of Marines on board the Constitution, You will be pleased to commence the recruiting the Complement of Marines allowed by Law to the said Ship, to wit: Three Sergeant [sic], Three Corporals, One Drum, and Fife, and Fifty Privates.  In the Performance of these Rules and Regulations you will pay particular Attention to the Rules and Regulations herein after mentioned.

          "1st.  It being essential that those who enlist should feel an Inclination for that kind of Life, no indirect Methods are allowable to inveigle Men into the service of the United States; it is forbidden therefore to inlist any Individual while in a State of Intoxication, or to have him sworn until twenty four hours after he shall have signed the Inlistment [sic].

          "2.  No Individual is to be inlisted (Musicians excepted) who is not five feet and six Inches high without Shoes, and above Eighteen and under Forty Years of Age.  He must be healthy robust and sound in his Limbs and Body, and of a Make to support the Fatigues and acquire the honor of a Soldier.

          "3.  No Negro Mulatto or Indian to be enlisted nor any Description of men except Natives of fair Conduct or Foreigners of unequivocal characters for Sobriety & Fidelity.  Any recruiting Officer inlisting a vagrant transient Person, who shall desert shall reimburse out of his Pay the loss sustained by such Desertion.

          "4.  The Recruits are to be inlisted to serve the Term of one Year, unless sooner discharged.  The Monthly Pay allowed them will be as follows vizt.‑ Sergeants Nine Dollars, Corporals eight Dollars; Musicians Seven Dollars; Privates, six Dollars, two Dollars whereof may be advanced them, at the Time of their being sworn.  To reimburse the cost of attesting the Recruits, and other necessary Expenses one dollar will be allowed for every Recruit duly inlisted.

          "5.  Each Recruit before he is sworn, is to have distinctly read to him the Rules and Articles of the Navy against Mutiny and Desertion, and such Acts of congress as concern his Pay, Duties and the public Engagement.

          "The Oath shall be as follows, to wit

   'I [name] do solemnly swear to bear true Allegiance to the United States of America, and to serve them faithfully against all their Enemies or opposers whomsoever, and to obey the orders of the President of the United States of America, and the orders of the officers appointed over Me according to the Articles of the Navy.'

          "6.  No Recruit is to be permitted to keep in his possession after being sworn any of his Clothing, except that which he may receive from the Public.  The officer is therefore to oblidge [sic] him to dispose of his private Clothing immediately, or to take the Keeping of it upon himself till an opportunity offer to sell it for account of the Recruit.

          "7.  No Recruit is to be allowed to absent himself from his Quarters till such Time as he has proved himself faithful without a Corporal or trusty Private to attend him.

          "8.  Each Recruit after being sworn is to be attached to a Squad, to consist of a Number sufficient to form a Mess, who must live together and be under the Inspection and Command of a Sergeant or Corporal.

          "9.  The Commanding Officer of a recruiting Party shall make out on every Saturday, a Return of the Number of Recruits under his Command and of the Number joined, and of the Incidents that have taken place and the Arms, Accoutrements and clothing delivered them during the Course of the Week and transmit the same to the Secretary for the Department of War, and a Duplicate to the Commander of the Ship to which he belongs.

          "10.  He shall keep a recruiting Book, in which He shall record

                                  The Name, Trade and Description of each Recruit.

                                  A Copy of the Oath taken before the Magistrate signed by the Magistrate and Recruit.

                                  The Money paid to every Recruit.

                                  The Articles of Clothing Arms & Accoutrements delivered each Recruit. 

          "11.  The Commanding Officer at each Rendezvous will sign returns for the Issues of all Rations and other necessary Supplies for the Recruits, and on the Saturday of each Week, the Returns made in the Week are to be taken up and one general Return made out and signed for the Rations received in the course of the Week noticing the daily Issue.

          "12.  On the Desertion of a Recruit, besides the usual Exertions and means to be employed on such occasions, the recruiting officer will transmit as soon as possible a description of the Deserter to the Secretary of War, and will cause all Descriptions of Deserters that may be sent to him to be entered in a Book kept for that Purpose, and will use his Endeavours to discover and apprehend all Deserters."

 

SecWar to Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 May 1798:

 

          "I have paid attention to your Communication respecting the Howitzers, and am of the opinion that unless you can apply them to advantage, without cutting the Ports larger, it will be best to reload [sic] them."

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 May 1798:

 

          Tells him 12‑pounders cannot be gotten in time and that he has written the Governor of Massachusetts for a loan of 12‑ or 18‑pounder guns.

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Jul 1798:

 

          "Mr. Fletcher" is to replace "Mr. Preeble [sic]" as First Lieutenant.

 

To Lieutenant Charles C. Russell et al, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Nov 1798:

 

          I cannot decide on your request for a wardroom skylight from here.  [Captain Nicholson received letter of same date directing him to do what he could to improve ventilation in the wardroom without injuring the ship's structure.]

 

Roll 2 (April 15 ‑ October 22, 1799)

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 May 1799:

 

          You will be ordered to take charge of the building of a 74 at Boston with no loss of pay.

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 May 1799:

 

          Discharge those men whose times are up in May and June without delay.

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 May 1799 [2nd ltr]:

 

          Begin recruiting a new crew to serve 1 year: 120 able seamen and 180 ordinary seamen and boys; 44 USMC privates and their officers will be provided.  Able seamen to be paid $17/mo.; OSs and boys, $5‑14.  "No Negroes or Mulattoes..."

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 May 1799:

 

          Introduces Talbot as his relief and orders him to supervise the building of a 74 at Boston.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, 28 May 1799:

 

          Orders him to take command of CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, 29 May 1799:

 

          Four of CONSTITUTION's Lieutenants are "not very worthy..."  "...there has always been a great uneasiness among the Officers of Constitution..."  CONSTITUTION ought to have at least 12 Midshipmen.  A Mr. Van Schaick of Albany has been ordered to the ship as a Midshipman.

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 May 1799:

 

          Midshipman Sybrant Van Schaick ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Jun 1799:

 

          Appoints him president of the court‑martial of Lieutenant Cordis.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jun 1799:

 

          Lieutenants Beale and Jarvis are ordered ashore.

 

To Lieutenant Joseph Torrey, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jun 1799:

 

          Ordered ashore to await orders.

 

To Lieutenant Richard Beale, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jun 1799:

 

          Ordered ashore to await orders.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Jul 1799:

 

          Had intended that CONSTITUTION proceed to vicinity of Guadeloupe and Talbot take command of the squadron there, but the hurricane season is a bad time.  When ready for sea, proceed to Hampton Roads and await orders.  Navy Agent there has a new bowsprit for you if you want it.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION,25 Jul 1799:

 

          Forwards commissions as Acting Captain, USMC, for Daniel Carmick and Surgeon for Peter St. Medard.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Jul 1799 [1st ltr]:

 

          Orders him to cruise off Cayenne and Surinam until 20 Sep, then proceed via Guadeloupe area to Cap Francois, and there take command of a squadron.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Jul 1799 [2nd ltr]:

 

          Forwards warrants for Midshipmen James Nazro, Samuel Poole, Samuel Prescott, Benjamin Shattuck, James Milne, and John Shore.

 

Roll 3 (October 23, 1799 ‑ May 24, 1800)

 

          NOTHING

 

Roll 4 (May 24, 1800 ‑ May 14, 1801)

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Aug 1800:

 

          Pay crew off immediately upon arrival, then begin refit.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Aug 1800:

 

          Permit Lieutenant Collins to resign.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 Sep 1800:

 

          Reinstate Mr. Delouisy and order him to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, 15 Sep 1800:

 

          Lieutenant Seymour Potter wishes duty in CONSTITUTION if you will have him.

 

 To Commodore Thomas Truxtun, USS UNITED STATES, 4 Oct 1800:

 

          CONSTITUTION and UNITED STATES will remain in port another 6 weeks.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Oct 1800:

 

          Was Thomas Spencer, when shipped, known to be the slave of Eleanor Boylan of New Jersey?

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Oct 1800:

 

          Forwards lieutenant's commission for Joseph Tarball [sic].  Didn't know Lieutenant Saunders had joined CONSTITUTION.  If you wish to keep him, send Lieutenant Potter to ADAMS at New York.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Nov 1800:

 

          Proceed in CONSTITUTION to Santo Domingo and resume your command.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Mar 1801:

 

          All ships are called home.  Proceed to Boston.

 

To Commodore Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 May 1801:

 

          On arrival at Boston, pay off crew soonest except for caretakers.  CONSTITUTION selected to remain in service and will stay at Boston until ordered out.

 

Roll 5 (May 15, 1801 ‑ September 28, 1802)

 

To Midshipman Henry Wadsworth, 4 Jun 1801:

 

          When furlough ends in 3 months, report to CONSTITUTION at Boston.  [Later ordered to CHESAPEAKE, 16 Jan 1802.]

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Jun 1801:

 

          You are to be retained in service.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Jun 1801:

 

          Only SecNav may transfer Marines to be sailors.

 

To Lieutenant Robert Hamilton, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jul 1801:

 

          You are to be retained in service in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jul 1801:

 

          CONSTITUTION needs a thorough repair, due to "insufficient" beams and plank having been used in her construction.  I have so ordered it.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 Aug 1801:

 

          Report the names of your Surgeon and his Mates.

 

To Midshipman Robert T. Spence, Boston, 6 Aug 1801:

 

          Report aboard CONSTITUTION.  [Redirected to CONSTELLATION, 5 Dec 1801.]

 

To Lieutenant Jacob Jones, Dover, DE, 7 Aug 1801:

 

          Report aboard CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Aug 1801:

 

          Unable to begin repairs to CONSTITUTION due to lack of seasoned timber.  There is some pitch pine available at Norfolk if you can use it.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Aug 1801:

 

          Should Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden be retained in service?  Would Midshipman Sybrant Van Schaick make a good Sailing Master?

 

To Midshipmen Daniel C. Heath and John Davis, 27 Aug 1801:

 

          Report aboard CONSTITUTION within 2 months.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Sep 1801:

 

          Haraden has been retained upon your recommendation.  Your Gunner Moore wishes to retire.  He might not if given a furlough; give him the option.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Sep 1801:

 

          You have been retained in service; remain in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Sep 1801:

 

          Receipt of your resignation acknowledged; decision pending.

 

To Captain Silas Talbot, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Sep 1801:

 

          Resignation accepted with regret.  No severance pay.

 

To Lieutenant Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Sep 1801:

 

          "Take charge" of CONSTITUTION and see to her repairs.  Keep me informed.

 

To Midshipman Samuel G. Blodget, 28 Sep 1801:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION within 2 months.  [Redirected to CONSTELLATION, 5 Jan 1802.]

 

To Lieutenant Jacob Jones, "Boston," 15 Oct 1801:

 

          You may go on furlough until called upon.

 

To Lieutenant Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Oct 1801:

 

          CONSTITUTION probably to be needed about 1 Feb 1802.  Pay off present seamen but retain Marine Guard.  Present ship's officers having to live ashore are to be allowed $2 per week.  Excess officers may be granted furloughs until 1 Feb 1802.

 

To Midshipman Daniel C. Heath, Warwick, MD, 23 Nov 1801:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION in January.  [Redirected to CONSTELLATION 7 Dec 1801, then ENTERPRIZE, 30 Jan 1802.]

 

To Captain Richard V. Morris, Boston, 25 Feb 1802:

 

          Here are 50 copies of naval regulations to distribute among the officers of CONSTITUTION, enjoining their strict adherence to them.

 

To James McCoy, Salisbury, NC, 9 Mar 1802:

 

          When health restored, report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commanding Officer, CONSTITUTION, 26 Mar 1802:

 

          You may, if you wish, receive Gunner Thomas Street and Sailmaker Henry Coffin on board; if not, they are to be discharged.

 

To Lieutenant Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Apr 1802:

 

          Proceed to ADAMS as 1st Lieutenant immediately.

 

To Midshipman Wallace Wormley, Winchester, VA, 14 Apr 1802:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION as soon as health permits.  [Ordered to remain on furlough, 30 Apr 1802.]

 

 To Doctor Samuel Willet, New York, NY, 17 Apr 1802:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Apr 1802:

 

          Mention of John Lewis, ship's cook.  Discharge Gunner Street and Sailmaker Coffin.

 

To Purser James S. Deblois, Boston, 29 May 1802:

 

          All officers still in CONSTITUTION are on full pay.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Jun 1802:

 

          Louis Alexis officially appointed a Midshipman.  Midshipman John Downes mentioned as being on board.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Jun 1802:

 

          No immediate need for CONSTITUTION.  Stop repairs immediately and place her in ordinary.  Consider yourself appointed to command her.

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, Boston Navy Yard, 19 Jun 1802:

 

          CONSTITUTION ordered into ordinary under Haraden.  Furlough all excess officers.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Jul 1802:

 

          Navy Agent Samuel Brown will provide you with 1 month's advance pay for the seamen you entered.  Subsequent pay to be in accordance with instructions from the Accountant of the Navy.

 

To Midshipman Louis Alexis, Boston, 2 Aug 1802:

 

          Permission granted for furlough to make a European voyage.

 

SecNav circular letter, 18 Aug 1802:

 

          An examining board of at least 2 captains is to be appointed to pass on qualifications of midshipmen and sailing masters for promotion to lieutenant.  (Captains Barry, Dale, and Bainbridge were 1st board appointed.)

 

To Captain Samuel Nicholson, Boston Navy Yard, 21 Aug 1802:

 

          What is the state of CONSTITUTION's repairs?  How long will it take to make her ready for sea?

 

To Midshipman Louis Alexis, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Aug 1802:

 

          Report to Washington immediately.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Aug 1802:

 

          Midshipman Louis Alexis ordered to Washington.

 

To Midshipman Louis Alexis, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Sep 1802:

 

          Proceed immediately to join USS NEW YORK.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Sep 1802:

 

          Midshipmen Louis Alexis and John Downes ordered to join USS NEW YORK.

 

Roll 6 (October 1, 1802 ‑ July 31, 1805)

 

To Midshipman J. M. Haswell, Washington, DC, 9 Nov 1802:

 

          Join CONSTITUTION at Boston.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Dec 1802:

 

          Discusses absent Boatswain, [Thomas] Smith.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Dec 1802:

 

          You are correct in reporting the absence of CONSTITUTION's Boatswain, Mr. Smith.  Let me know if he doesn't return soon.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Jan 1803:

 

          With reference to your letter of 13 Jan, immediately discharge Isaac Collins from CONSTITUTION.  Appoint a new Boatswain.

 

To Sailing Master Nathaniel Haraden, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Apr 1803:

 

          Warrants William Moshier as new Boatswain.  Select a new Carpenter.  [Moshier discharged from service, 8 Aug 1803.]

 

To Captain Edward Preble, Boston, 20 May 1803:

 

          Take command of CONSTITUTION.  You may have 2 lieutenants and 2 midshipmen to assist you in outfitting her.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, Boston, 20 May 1803:

 

          It is important that CONSTITUTION be outfitted quickly.  How soon will she be ready for service?

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 May 1803:

 

          You will command the next Mediterranean squadron, consisting of  CONSTITUTION, PHILADELPHIA, SIREN, the brig building at Boston, ENTERPRIZE, NAUTILUS, and the vessel building at Baltimore.

 

To Lieutenant Thomas Robinson, Washington, DC, 21 May 1803:

 

          Report to USS CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 May 1803:

 

          Following officers to be ordered to CONSTITUTION: Lieutenants Jencks, Robinson, Gordon, Tarbell, and Elbert; Sailing Master Haraden; Surgeon Wells; Surgeon's Mate Tisdale; Purser Deblois; Midshipmen Izard, Burrows, Rowe, Dexter, Hunt, Morris, Jr., Davis, Haswell, and Newman.  Appoint Master's Mates from the top Midshipmen and advise me so they can be so warranted.

 

To Lieutenant Joseph Tarbell,; Midshipmen William Newman and Thomas Hunt; Sailmaker Isaac Steele, all Boston, 25 May 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenants William C. Jenckes and Samuel Elbert; Surgeon James Wells; Surgeon's Mate Nathaniel Tisdale; Purser Deblois; and Midshipmen William Burrows, John Rowe, D. L. Dexter, Charles Morris, Jr., and John Davis, 24 May 1803[separate ltrs of this date]:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Ralph Izard, Charleston, SC, 24 May 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman S. V. Schaick, New York, 26 May 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.  [Made Acting Lieutenant and ordered to USS ARGUS, 7 Jun 1803.]

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 May 1803:

 

          Appoint a Carpenter and a Captain's Clerk.

 

To Doctor John Bullus, Washington, DC, 30 May 1803:

 

          Send a chest of medicines for CONSTITUTION sufficient for 400 men for 2 years.

 

To Leonard Jarvis Hunewell, Boston, 6 Jun 1803:

 

          Warrant as Midshipman; report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman David Deacon, Baltimore, 7 Jun 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Jun 1803:

 

          Midshipman David Deacon ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman George Mann, Annapolis, 7 Jun 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Jun 1803:

 

          Line the magazine with copper.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Jun 1803:

 

          Transfer your present Boatswain to USS ARGUS.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Jun 1803:

 

          Midshipman George Mann ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman Alexander Laws, Dover, DE, 10 Jun 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Jun 1803:

 

          Midshipman Alexander Laws ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman William Newman, Jr., USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Jun 1803:

 

          You are discharged per your request of 1 Jun.

 

 To Midshipman Thomas Baldwin, Jr., Boston, 16 Jun 1803:

 

          Report to USS CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Jun 1803:

 

          Midshipman Thomas Baldwin ordered to the ship.

 

To Surgeon's Mate James H. Bradford, Boston, 17 Jun 1803:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.  [Resignation accepted, 15 Jul 1803.]

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jun 1803:

 

          Surgeon's Mate [James H.] Bradford ordered to the ship.  [Resigned prior to reporting.]

 

To Midshipman Francis Hall, Washington, DC, 23 Jun 1803:

 

          Report to USS CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Jun 1803:

 

          Midshipman Francis Hall ordered to the ship.

 

To Patrick Sim, 1 Jul 1803:

 

          Appointed Surgeon's Mate.  Report to USS CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Jul 1803:

 

          Patrick Sim has been appointed Surgeon's Mate and ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jul 1803:

 

          Order either Bradford or Sim to USS ARGUS for voyage to the Mediterranean, when he will return to you.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1803:

 

          Midshipman Louis Alexis ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1803:

 

          You may have Lieutenant Blake and Chaplain Morris.  Colonel Lear and family will take passage with you.  The following cabin furniture is allowed; no wardroom furniture is provided:

 

2 tea kettles

1 set, tea china

1 doz. silver tsps.

2 doz. plated Tabsps.

6 plated tsps.

8 decanters

 4 doz. Tumblers

2 Japan salvers

1 Japan pitcher

2 pewter wash basins

2 tin pudding pans

2 large Tureens

1 1/2 "Tursens" dishes

6 doz. flat plates

2 1/s doz. sm. dessert pl

6 salts

1 set Castors

2 doz. table clothes

1 doz. asst. mugs

4 patent lamps

6 Mops

6 scrubbing brushes

10 asst. dish covers

1 cheese toaster

1 globe lamp

1 shovel & tongs

2 pr. pot hooks

1 pr. bellows

2 doz. knives & forks

3 tin funnels

1 pepper mill

1 Dutch oven

1 iron griddle

2 tin canisters

1 coffee tin

1 filtering stone

1 iron skimmer

1 doz. Skewers

1 tin flour box

1 collander

6 candlesticks

1 pr. Tormentors

1 frying pan

1 cabin bell

2 setter w/squabs

1 small carpet

2 small tables

2 green table cloths

1 looking glass

2 pitchers

2 pr. snuffers & tongs

1 doz. common cups/saucers

2 plated soup ladles

4 doz. wine glasses

2 Japan bread baskets

2 bread baskets

2 small Tureens

3 doz. soup plates

6 butter boats

2 doz. napkins

4 hair brushes

12 stew/sauce pans

1 tin kitchen

1 doz. tin patty pans

2 carv. knives & forks

1 coffee mill

4 brass corks

1 sugar tin

2 cork screws

1 doz. bowls

1 iron ladle

2 iron pots

1 set stern curtains

1 cott [sic]

2 doz. Chairs

2 frying pans

 

To Lieutenant Thomas Robinson, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1803:

 

          Wardroom furniture was provided to two frigates because their officers had not been allowed sufficient time to make their own arrangements.  The officers of CONSTITUTION must get their own.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1803:

 

          Midshipman Louis Alexis is to return to CONSTITUTION when you arrive in the Mediterranean.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Jul 1803:

 

          Lieutenants Dent of ADAMS and Gordon of NEW YORK are to join CONSTITUTION in the Mediterranean.  Midshipmen Gadsden, Wadsworth, Ridgeley, Israel, and Lewis of NEW YORK, and Casey of JOHN ADAMS ‑‑ all presently in the Mediterranean ‑‑ are to transfer to CONSTITUTION if you wish them there or to any other unit of your squadron.  Discretionary orders to that effect enclosed.  Send home those who don't measure up.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Jul 1803:

 

          Should copper for ships be cold rolled or not?  The British don't use it.  I have yet to decide whether Mr. Revere's shall be or not.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Jul 1803:

 

          Midshipman Joseph Nicholson ordered to the ship.

 

To Joseph Bainbridge, Boston, 15 Jul 1803:

 

          Your Midshipman warrant enclosed; join CONSTITUTION.

 

To John Dorsey, 16 Jul 1803:

 

          Your Surgeon's Mate commission enclosed; join CONSTITUTION.  [Reordered to ARGUS, 27 Aug 1803.]

 

To Captain Edward Preble, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Jul 1803:

 

          Your officers are allowed 1 month's advance pay so they may buy wardroom furniture.

 

To Captain John Cassin, Washington Navy Yard, 19 Apr 1804:

 

          Estimate of provisions to be sent to Mediterranean in JOHN ADAMS:

 

450 Bbls Beef

400 Bbls Pork

150  Bbls Flour

12,000# Suet

140,000# Bread

10,000# Cheese

3000# Butter

4000 Pts Rice

450 Bushels Pease

1500 Gals Molasses

1500 Gals Vinegar

3150 Gals Spirit

 

To Chaplain Noahdiah Morris, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 May 1804:

 

          Forwards Purser's warrant for him.

 

To Lieutenants Commandant Isaac Hull, Charles Stewart, John Smith, and Richard Somers, in Mediterranean, 29 May 1804:

 

          Forwards their commissions as Masters Commandant.

 

To Lieutenant John Dent, in Mediterranean, 29 May 1804:

 

          Forwards his commission as Lieutenant Commandant.

 

To Captain Edward Preble, Boston, 3 Jul 1805:

 

          A carriage for a 24‑pdr long gun costs $130‑140.

 

Roll 7 (August 1, 1805 ‑ December 31, 1807)

 

To Captain John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 Nov 1805:

 

          Mentions Midshipman Alexander James Dallas, Jr.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Apr 1806:

 

          Midshipman Louis Alexis ordered to ETNA as First Lieutenant.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 May 1806:

 

          Louis Alexis' resignation, submitted for lack of promotion, is denied.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Apr 1807:

 

          Deliver "the 2 brass 24‑pdrs" in CONSTITUTION to WASP.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Oct 1807:

 

          Your course of action in returning to the US is approved.  The President will soon determine the ship's future employment.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 22 Oct 1807:

 

          CONSTITUTION is now at Boston; will be ordered to New York.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Oct 1807:

 

          Proceed to New York and report to Commodore Rodgers; the ship is to be paid off.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 [25?] Oct 1807:

 

          What are the charges against William Jones, John Smith, George Prince, John Highland, William Pinkney, and James Thompson?  Had their enlistments expired?

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 11 Nov 1807:

 

          Report CONSTITUTION's condition and repairs required.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 17 Nov 1807:

 

          Midshipman [James P.] Wilmer in CONSTITUTION wants furlough to regain health; grant it and any other requests like it.

 

To Surgeon's Mate George Colegate, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Nov 1807:

 

          You may take furlough to attend medical lectures in Philadelphia "this winter."

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Nov 1807:

 

          Mentions Purser Gwinn Harris and Lieutenant Beekman in CONSTITUTION.  Pay off crew and turn ship over to the navy Yard.

 

To Purser Gwinn Harris, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Nov 1807:

 

          $52,000 sent today to pay off crew.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Nov 1807:

 

          Mentions Midshipman [Thomas] Shields and Carpenter [William] Godby in CONSTITUTION.  Grant Shields furlough to get "medical assistance," and Godby a short one before returning to ship.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Dec 1807:

 

          I understand that Jones, Smith, Hewlan, Pinkney, and Thompson's enlistments had expired, and that Prince had shipped over only to get back to US.  Drop all charges and discharge them.

 

To Commodore Hugh G. Campbell, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Dec 1807:

 

          Do not discharge the men whose names you sent me [on 30 Nov].

 

To Captain Isaac Chauncey, New York Navy Yard, 8 Dec 1807:

 

          "Her copper must be examined in consequence of a defect about the fore foot, that catch the cables when winding at anchor ‑‑ a thorough caulking of the upper works, new main mast, mizen [sic] mast doubtful, 1 fore and main top sail yard, 1 Cross Jack yard and set of studding sail booms, 1 Jib boom, 1 complete set of sails ‑‑ 4 cables of 21 inches.  a set of water casks at least a large proportion of them... a set of boats, a new rudder, at least a new rudder head..."

 

To Captain Isaac Chauncey, New York Navy Yard, 26 Dec 1807:

 

          Purchase whatever canvas CONSTITUTION requires immediately.

 

To Captain Isaac Chauncey, New York Navy Yard, 31 Dec 1807:

 

          Use all possible economy in repairing CONSTITUTION.

 

Roll 8 (January 1, 1808 ‑ December 20, 1809)

 

Circular letter to all Captains, 29 Feb 1808:

 

          All alien seamen and boys are to be discharged.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 21 Mar 1808:

 

          "Mr. Foxall is directed to make the 20‑32 pd. Carronades as soon as may be in his power.  As soon as they shall be delivered they shall be sent to New York for the Constitution.  I have also directed Genl. Stricker 30‑24 pd. iron cannon to the Navy Agent for the Constitution."  Make carriage iron work in New York.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 2 May 1808:

 

          Marine Sergeant John Sheffield in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 22 Jun 1808:

 

          You may repair bottom of VESUVIUS when repairs to CONSTITUTION completed.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 21 Jul 1808:

 

          The carronades will be shipped by Commandant Tingey at the Washington Navy Yard.  CONSTITUTION's powder is to be remanufactured at Philadelphia and returned.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 1 Sep 1808:

 

          Amos Evans appointed Surgeon's Mate.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 6 Oct 1808:

 

          CONSTITUTION's carronades are said to require 22 tiller plates, 22 screw plates, 22 caps, and 22 screws.  Are these essential on board ship?

 

To Doctors John Butler, Brookfield, MA, and William Barr, Shippensburgh, PA, 2 Feb 1809:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 2 Feb 1809:

 

          Doctors John Butler and William Burr ordered from home to CONSTITUTION as Surgeon's Mates.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 2 Feb 1809 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

          Begin recruiting for CONSTITUTION immediately: 140 able seamen, 172 ordinary seamen and boys ‑‑ Americans only.  Able seamen to receive $10/mo.; ordinary seamen and boys, $6‑8/mo.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 2 Feb 1809 [3rd ltr of this date]:

 

          Lieutenant Francis J. Mitchell ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 2 Feb 1809 [4th ltr of this date]:

 

          Place CONSTITUTION in commission with the following officers: Lieutenants [Charles] Ludlow, [John M.] Haswell, and [Francis J.] Mitchell; Midshipmen [Jacob] Hite, G[eorge] C. Reed, [Augustus C.] Ludlow, [Samuel W.?] Adams, [Samuel] Renshaw, Seth Nicholson, and [Matthew Calbraith] Perry; Surgeon [Robert L.] Thorn; Purser [Clement L.] Hunt.  Surgeon's Mates Butler and Barr have been ordered to ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 8 Feb 1809:

 

          Midshipman Morton Jackson ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, New York, NY, 13 Feb 1809:

 

          Midshipman Samuel H. Bullus ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Feb 1809:

 

          Midshipman Phineas Masters ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Mar 1809:

 

          Navy Agent George Harrison directed to ship powder to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Mar 1809:

 

          Midshipman George Pearce ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Mar 1809:

 

          Attach Surgeon Robert L. Thorn to CONSTITUTION.

 

Circular to all Pursers, 13 Mar 1809:

 

          Lists Clement S. Hunt in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Apr 1809:

 

          Surgeon's Mate John Reynolds ordered to return to the ship from UNITED STATES.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 May 1809:

 

          Lieutenant [John M.] Haswell ordered to CONSTITUTION per your request.  (Transferred to ARGUS.]

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 May 1809:

 

          CONSTITUTION's Carpenter is Livingston Shannon.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 Jun 1809:

 

          Carpenter Shannon has resigned.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Ludlow, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Jun 1809:

 

          You are CONSTITUTION's First Lieutenant.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Ludlow, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1809:

 

          Take command of VIXEN.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1809:

 

          Lieutenant George C. Read ordered to the ship as First Lieutenant.

 

To Midshipman Edward Shubrick, Charleston, SC, 6 Jul 1809:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION or ARGUS, as directed by Commodore Rodgers.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 12 Jul 1809:

 

          Make 8‑10‑day cruises within 20 miles of the coast, calling at Newport or New York for further orders.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Jul 1809:

 

          The ship will be assigned a Captain, USMC.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jul 1809:

 

          Lieutenant Edward Trenchard ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jul 1809 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

          Agree that a few rifles for the tops would be "very useful," but "none on hand."  Make a requisition on the agent for 12 stand either from New York or Lancaster, PA.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CHESAPEAKE, 19 Jul 1809:

 

          CHESAPEAKE is to be placed in ordinary.  Send CONSTITUTION 20 able bodied seamen, 4 quartermasters, 1 quarter gunner, your carpenter and boatswain.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Jul 1809:

 

          I have ordered Captain Hull to send you people to complete your crew.  You should then be ready for service.  Cruise the coast.

 

To Lieutenant George W. Reed, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Jul 1809:

 

          Your resignation is not accepted; remain at your post.

 

To Midshipman Seth Nicholson, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Jul 1809:

 

          Your resignation is accepted.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Jul 1809:

 

          Tell Gunner Huntress his resignation is accepted.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Aug 1809:

 

          Sailing Master Carr replaced William F. Bagot in the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Aug 1809 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

          "When you shall have received men from Chesapeake..."

 

Circular to all commanding officers, 6 Aug 1809;

 

          Make sure you are ready for war.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Sep 1809:

 

          Take CONSTITUTION to Norfolk to replace faulty white pine spars.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Sep 1809:

 

          Surgeon L[arkin] Griffin ordered to replace Surgeon Thorn. When relieved, send Thorn to HORNET.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Oct 1809:

 

          Furlough Lieutenant Mitchell and direct him to report to the Department; appoint Midshipman Gamble an Acting Lieutenant.  [Gamble transferred to PRESIDENT.]

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Oct 1809;

 

          Midshipman Phineas Masters' resignation is accepted.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Oct 1809:

 

          Sailing Master Carr may retire.  You may reappoint Sailing Master Bagot following a trial period.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Nov 1809:

 

          Lieutenant Ralph Izard ordered to the ship as replacement for G. W. Read, who may then go on furlough.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Nov 1809:

 

          "I am very much pleased to hear of the excellent properties of the frigate Constitution.  From the reports made to me, it appears that all the Vessels which have lately been repaired, are much improved in their sailings, masting, sparring, rigging, and internal arrangements."

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Nov 1809:

 

          Furlough Surgeon's Mate Reynolds.  Surgeon's Mate Gustavus R. Brown ordered from Baltimore to replace him.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Nov 1809:

 

          Discharge Private William Seely: he is a minor.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 Dec 1809:

 

          Benedict J. Neale said to be Acting Lieutenant in the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Dec 1809:

 

          Ordered to stay in port during the winter.

 

To Midshipman James H. Ludlow, New York, NY, 13 Dec 1809:

 

          Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Dec 1809:

 

          A replacement has been ordered for Lieutenant Brooks, who is ordered to Marine Corps Headquarters.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Dec 1809 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

          Tell Midshipman Conkling he may resign; court martial him if he doesn't.

 

Roll 9 (December 20, 1809 ‑ March 28, 1812)

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Dec 1809:

 

        Tell Midshipman Conklin his resignation is accepted.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Jan 1810:

 

        Wolcott Chauncey made an Acting Lieutenant in the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jan 1810:

 

        If the ailing Lieutenant Marcellin needs replacement, use Lieutenant Clarke [of ENTERPRIZE].

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Feb 1810:

 

        Midshipman Richard Delphy ordered to the ship.  [Later changed to UNITED STATES, 25 Jun 1810.]

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Feb 1810:

 

        Henry Denison has been ordered to CONSTITUTION as Chaplain.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Feb 1810:

 

        Midshipman J[ohn] V. Edwards mentioned in the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Mar 1810:

 

        Midshipmen Samuel Truitt and Pressley Allen ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Apr 1810:

 

        Midshipman William Augustus Spencer ordered to the ship.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Ridgely, Baltimore, MD, 18 Apr 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION as First Lieutenant.

 

To Midshipman Joseph G. Smith, Washington, DC, 20 Apr 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Apr 1810:

 

        Amos Evans promoted to Surgeon.

 

To Midshipman Joseph Brailsford, Charleston, SC, 24 Apr 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant John Orde Creighton, Philadelphia, PA, 1 May 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION [to replace Marcellin].  [Revoked 22 May 1810.]

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 May 1820 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        Order Wolcott Chauncey to Washington to settle accounts.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, Boston, MA, 7 May 1810:

 

        Go to Norfolk and take command of PRESIDENT unless Commodore Rodgers wants her; if so, take CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 May 1810:

 

        Midshipman J. H. Clark ordered to the ship.

 

To Lieutenant Samuel Woodhouse, Philadelphia, PA, 28 May 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To 1st Lieutenant William S. Bush, USMC, Washington, DC, 30 May 1810:

 

        Your resignation is revoked; you are reinstated with unchanged seniority.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jun 1810:

 

        Take command of a squadron consisting of CONSTITUTION, PRESIDENT, JOHN ADAMS, WASP, and SIREN, and cruise coast north of Cape Henry to Passamaquoddy.  Return to Hampton about 15 July.

 

To Midshipman Samuel Pitts, Boston, MA, 9 Jun 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS CONSTITUTION, 12 Jun 1810:

 

        Tell Midshipman Marcellin his resignation is accepted.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Jul 1810:

 

        Midshipman Joseph Brailsford ordered to the ship yet again.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Jul 1810:

 

        Midshipman Lewis Germane ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS PRESIDENT, 20 Jul 1810:

 

        Order CONSTITUTION to open a rendezvous at New Castle [Delaware] from whence she is to cruise the coast and assist local Customs officers.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Jul 1810:

 

        Ship is to be based on Newcastle, Delaware.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Jul 1810:

 

        Reference made implying the dismissal of Sailing Master Wade.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Jul 1810:

 

        Midshipman James Reilly ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Jul 1810 [2nd letter of this date]:

 

        Midshipman [John] Dodsworth's resignation from CONSTITUTION is accepted.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Aug 1810:

 

        Midshipman William L. Gordon ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 Aug 1810:

 

        Stay in fresh water as long as necessary to clean hull.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Aug 1810:

 

        Discharge Boy John Barnet of Alexandria, VA.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Sep 1810:

 

        Midshipman Frederick Delino ordered to the ship.  [Resigned, 13 Sep 1810, prior to reporting.]

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Sep 1810:

 

        Reference made to CONSTITUTION having been ordered to Boston by Commodore Rodgers.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Sep 1810:

 

        Have you discharged John Barnet yet?  Do so immediately.  His mother, Mrs. Ann Barnet of Alexandria needs him home.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Oct 1810:

 

        Reference made to a Midshipman Nicholson in the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Oct 1810:

 

        Discharge Seaman John Davis.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Oct 1810 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Regrets the death of Midshipman Sprogell of Philadelphia.  Hopes everything was done to try and save him from drowning.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Oct 1810:

 

        Midshipman Archibald Hamilton ordered detached from the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Oct 1810:

 

        Reference to Dr. [Samuel R.] Trevett [Jr.] in the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Nov 1810;

 

        Discharge Seaman John Davis.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Nov 1810:

 

        Ordered to winter rendezvous.

 

To Midshipman A. S. E. Duncan, Washington, DC, 7 Dec 1810:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Dec 1810:

 

        Reference made to ship's Gunner, William Taylor.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Dec 1810:

 

        Have your Purser forward the accounts of John Cockerin, alias Bernard Braken, some time since lost at sea.

 

To Ambrose D. Field, Poughkeepsie, NY, 26 Dec 1810:

 

        Warrant as Midshipman as of 1 Dec 1810; report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, 28 Dec 1810:

 

        Keep CONSTITUTION and ARGUS ready for foreign service.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Dec 1810:

 

        The Commodore has been alerted to make CONSTITUTION ready for foreign service.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Dec 1810:

 

        Midshipman Charles Fowle is newly arrived in the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Jan 1811:

 

        Midshipman Henry Colcott [Alcott] ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Feb 1811:

 

        Reference made to Private Solomon Wright in the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Feb 1811:

 

        Reference made to Private Samuel P. Wells in the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Feb 1811:

 

        Surgeon's Mate Charles Cotton ordered to the ship.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, 26 Feb 1811:

 

        Order Midshipmen Brailsford and Packet from CONSTITUTION to smaller units as a mark of disapprobation of their duelling.  Restore Midshipmen Fowle and Laughton to duty.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Feb 1811:

 

        Midshipmen Brailsford and Packer ordered detached.

 

To Midshipman A. H. M. Conkling, St. Marys, MD, 7 Mar 1811:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 12 Mar 1811:

 

        John Barley, an Englishman, ordered discharged.

 

To Surgeon's Mate Charles Cotton, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Apr 1811:

 

        Delivers his commission of this date.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 May 1811:

 

        Ship ordered to Annapolis, MD.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 May 1811:

 

        A new 21 1/2" cable, made by Ringgold & Heath, ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 May 1811 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        Will have 20‑40 "good able seamen" recruited for you at Philadelphia.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 May 1811:

 

        A new 20" cable also ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman William C. Pierpoint, Washington, DC, 27 May 1811:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Stephen Cassin, Philadelphia, PA, 30 May 1811:

 

        Instead of recruiting men for CONSTITUTION, do so for HORNET, as I intend transferring 30 of her people to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 May 1811:

 

        Reference is made to Boy Charles Hawk in the ship.

 

To Midshipman Andrew Haslett, Baltimore, MD, 31 May 1811:

 

        Delivered warrant dated 7 Dec 1810.  Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Jun 1811:

 

        Orders to discharge any English sailors on board, and to transfer any French seamen to the gunboats in Hampton Roads.

 

To Thomas Barlow, Washington, DC, 9 Jun 1811:

 

        Delivers midshipman warrant of this date.  Report to CONSTITUTION.  Go on indefinite furlough when she reaches France.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Jun 1811:

 

        Benjamin Bowie is ordered discharged.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Jun 1811:

 

        Send Nicholas Hall, Thomas Blennock, and John Thompson done to hospital; discharge Edward Lounds and Antonio Mitchell.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Jun 1811:

 

        Midshipman Silas Nelson Phelps ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman James Reilly, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Jul 1811:

 

        The rule is that your pay commences of the date of your letter of acceptance.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Jul 1811:

 

        Do not carry specie to Europe for German agent Wicklehausen of Bremen as it may jeopardize your neutrality.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Jul 1811:

 

        Reference made to Private Frederick Lubstone in the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Jul 1811:

 

        How many in your crew are due for discharge in September?  Can you not induce them to extend?

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 Jul 1811:

 

        It appears you have 150 men whose terms end on 12 September.  You may draw upon the following ships as indicated:

    ESSEX ‑ 5 quarter gunners, 3 quartermasters, 1 carpenter's mate, 20 seamen, 42 ordinary seamen, 1 boy

    WASP  ‑ 4 quarter gunners, 2 quartermasters, 10 seamen, 21 ordinary seamen

    HORNET  4 quarter gunners, 2 quartermasters, 1 carpenter's mate, 10 seamen, 22 ordinary seamen, 1 boy

    Totals  13 quarter gunners, 7 quartermasters, 2 carpenter's mates, 40 seamen, 85 ordinary seamen, 2 boys

Turn over your "short termers" to these ships in like measure.  I wish they would extend instead.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Jul 1811:

 

        Mr. Warden, Consul General for France, will be a passenger.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jul 1811:

 

        You may take an additional 10 seamen from ESSEX.

 

Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, to SecNav, 29 Jul 1811:

 

        Smallpox has broken out in ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Aug 1811:

 

        Vaccinate the crew.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Feb 1812:

 

        Congratulations on a safe return.  Expect to remain at Norfolk until 1 Apr.  Furlough such officers as you can until then.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Feb 1812:

 

        Duties must be paid at Norfolk for goods brought back for Mrs. Madison, Mrs. Custis, and General Smith.  You will be reimbursed.

 

To Surgeon Samuel R. Trevett, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Mar 1812:

 

        Resignation accepted.

 

To Midshipman Lewis German, Washington, DC, 3 Mar 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

Roll 10 (March 8, 1812 ‑ June 30, 1813)

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Mar 1812:

 

        Midshipman B. V. Hoffman ordered to the ship as Acting Lieutenant.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Mar 1812:

 

        Ship ordered to Washington Navy Yard.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Apr 1812:

 

        Midshipman Joseph Cross ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Apr 1812 [2nd ltr of that date]:

 

        Midshipman William Taylor ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Apr 1812 [3rd ltr of that date]:

 

        Recruit immediately to fill out crew.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Apr 1812:

 

        Midshipman R. L. Snelson ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Apr 1812:

 

        Surgeon's Mate Samuel] Gilliland allowed 3 weeks leave.  [He resigned 13 Jun 1812.]

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Apr 1812:

 

        Discharge immediately any men who are beyond their term of service.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Apr 1812:

 

        Discharge Seaman Charles Hawk.

 

To Dr. Charles Cotton, 24 Apr 1812:

 

        Report to the Boston Navy Yard.

 

 To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Apr 1812:

 

        Midshipman James Williams ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Apr 1812 [2nd ltr of that date]:

 

        Discharge Seaman John Barnet.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Apr 1812:

 

        Midshipman Charles W. Morgan promoted to Acting Lieutenant.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Apr 1812 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        Midshipman Henry Olcott's resignation is accepted.

 

To Midshipman William S. J. Washington, Washington, DC, 30 Apr 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 May 1812:

 

        Midshipman Alexander Eskridge ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 May 1812:

 

        John T. Shubrick ordered to the ship as Acting Lieutenant.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 May 1812:

 

        Midshipman French Forrest ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman Lodowick W. Crary, Washington, DC, 13 May 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION, and attend Dr. Hunter's naval school until she sails.

 

To Midshipman John Cook, Washington, DC, 14 Mar 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser Isaac Garretson, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 May 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTELLATION.

 

To Purser Thomas Chew, Washington, DC, 19 May 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 May 1812:

 

        Discharge Seaman John Craig.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 May 1812:

 

        Midshipman James W. Delaney ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 May 1812:

 

        Surgeon's Mate John Armstrong ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jun 1812:

 

        Lieutenant Charles Morris ordered to the ship.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Morris, Boston, MA, 2 Jun 1812:

 

        "I must again call upon you to join the frigate Constitution..."

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Jun 1812:

 

        Direct Lieutenant O. A. Page to come settle his account.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, [?] Jun 1812:

 

        Midshipman John Tayloe, Jr., ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman Andrew Haslett, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Jun 1812:

 

        You are furloughed for 3 months.  Report to the Department at the end of that period.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Jun 1812:

 

        Chaplain ordered to the ship.

 

To Chaplain John Cook, Washington, DC, 11 Jun 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION by 22 Jun.

 

To Dr. Donaldson Yeates, Georgetown Crossroads, VA, 13 Jun 1812:

 

        Here is your Surgeon's Mate commission.  Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Jun 1812:

 

        Surgeon's Mate Donaldson Yeates ordered to the ship.

 

To Midshipman Lodowick W. Crary, Washington, DC, 19 Jun 1812:

 

        Report to the senior officer present, Newport, RI.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Morris, Washington, DC, n.d. [ca. 22 Jun 1812]:

 

        In accordance with orders you already have received, join CONSTITUTION without delay.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 Jun 1812:

 

        Do not discharge any in the crew who say they are British deserters: tell them that fighting harder will be in their own interest.  Lieutenant Morris has been ordered to join you immediately.

 

To Midshipman R. L. Snelson, Washington, DC, 23 Jun 1812;

 

        Report to ARGUS.

 

To Midshipman French Forrest, Washington, DC, 23 Jun 1812:

 

        Report to HORNET.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Jul 1812:

 

        The President has directed the discharge of any sure foreigners.  Do not allow any Americans to so plead falsely. If any foreigners discharged are owed money, don't pay it.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Jul 1812:

 

        As soon as CONSTITUTION is ready for sea, proceed to New York.  If you should meet an enemy enroute, use your own judgment but do not voluntarily encounter a superior force.  Report to Commodore Rodgers.  Wait there, if he is absent, for further orders.

 

To Midshipman John Cook, Washington, DC, 11 Jul 1812;

 

        Report to Dr. Hunter's navigation school.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Jul 1812:

 

        Sailing Master William D. McCarty ordered to the ship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Jul 1812:

 

        Captain William Bainbridge has been ordered to command of CONSTITUTION; you will take command of CONSTELLATION.

 

To Captain William Bainbridge, USS CONSTELLATION, 28 Jul 1812:

 

        Take command of CONSTITUTION when she reaches port.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jul 1812:

 

        Your letter of 20 Jul just received.  "I am truly happy to hear of your safety.  Remain in Boston until further orders"

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Sep 1812:

 

        Lieutenant Shubrick arrived yesterday with news.  "Your action with Guerriere redounds greatly to your honor & to the honor & reputation of every officer & men, on board the Constitution ‑‑ The information of it has been received with a sensibility due to the occasion.  Your government approves & rejoices in your conduct & all your countrymen will thank you..."  Make whatever repairs are needed immediately.

 

To Chaplain John Cook, New York, NY, 5 Sep 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION at Boston.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Sep 1812:

 

        Tell the Marshall to await orders on disposition of the GUERRIERE POWs.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Sep 1812:

 

        Leave of absence granted.  Take what time you need.  Bainbridge will relieve you.  You will consider yourself nominally commandant of Boston Navy Yard.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Sep 1812 [2nd ltr of that date]:

 

        You & your people will receive the gratitude of your grateful country.  Who was the man who lost his leg?  [Wm Dunn.]  He will have an immediate pension.  Who was it who returned the flag to the foremast?  [Daniel Hogan.]  I want him to have an extra month's pay.  Tell Lieutenant [Charles] Morris I hope for him a speedy recovery.  Bush "died nobly."

 

To Midshipman Dulany Forrest, Washington, DC, 9 Sep 1812:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Morris, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Sep 1812:

 

        Leave granted.  Report to the Department when you feel recovered.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, Boston, MA, 21 Sep 1812:

 

        One of your POWs is said to be Andrew Vedon, a Dane by birth, but apprenticed to Captain Samuel Packard in 1808.  Impressed by the RN in 1810, he was found among the POWs in the prison ship by Captain Packard.  If correct, Vedon is not to be returned, but released to Captain Packard to finish his apprenticeship.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Sep 1812:

 

        A pension is authorized for William Dunn, who lost a leg in the engagement with GUERRIERE.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, Boston, MA, 25 Sep 1812:

 

        Allow the POW cartel ship to sail for Halifax.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Sep 1812:

 

        ESSEX will need at least 3 weeks for repairs.

 

To Commodores John Rodgers, William Bainbridge, and Stephen Decatur, 2 Oct 1812:

 

        Take your squadrons to sea when ready.  Annoy the enemy.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Morris, 5 Oct 1812:

 

        You have been specially promoted to Captain, dated 19 August 1812.  Assume command of ADAMS when healthy.

 

To Captain Isaac Hull, New York, NY, 21 Oct 1812:

 

        I understand you have GUERRIERE's flag.  Send it on for careful preservation.  "The action was the most brilliant I ever heard of...  Its remembrance cannot be too much cherished."

 

To Midshipman George H. Leverett, Boston, MA, 13 Nov 1812:

 

        Delivers warrant dated 18 Jun 1812.  Report to CONSTITUTION when she returns.  Pay starts when you report.

 

To Chaplain John Cook, Boston, MA, 3 Feb 1813:

 

        Go to New York and await orders.

 

To Commodore Stephen Decatur, New York, 22 Feb 1813:

 

        "...the Constitution has arrived..."

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, USS CONSTITUTION, 22 Feb 1813:

 

        "...I most heartily congratulate you Sir & our country upon you auspicious & brilliant victory over the enemies [sic] frigate Java; a triumph which exalts the national character & will perpetuate the fame of the gallant victors."

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Mar 1813:

 

        Convene a court martial on Private John Pershaw and seamen Timothy Clogstall and John Lindsay on the several charges preferred.

 

To Master's Mate Charles F. Waldo, Boston, MA, 10 Mar 1813:

 

        Here is your Sailing Master's warrant of this date.  Report to the Boston Navy Yard for duty.

 

To Midshipmen James Greenlaw, William Taylor, and Alexander Belches, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Mar 1813:

 

    Six weeks leave granted, then return to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain James Lawrence, USS HORNET, 2 Apr 1813:

 

        You are offered command of CONSTITUTION if neither Captains Porter or Evans arrive in time to take her out when repairs completed.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Apr 1813:

 

        Captain James Lawrence has been ordered to command CONSTITUTION, if Captains Porter or Evans don't want it.

 

To Surgeon Amos Evans, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Apr 1813:

 

        Furloughed until further notice.

 

To Captain James Lawrence, USS HORNET, 4 May 1813:

 

        "...it is my intention...to [appoint] you to the command of the...Constitution..."

 

To Captain Samuel Evans, USS CHESAPEAKE, 6 May 1813:

 

        Lawrence will succeed you in view of your debility.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTELLATION, 7 May 1813:

 

        Proceed without delay to take command of CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 May 1813:

 

        Captain Charles Stewart has been ordered to command CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Alexander Belches, Washington, DC, 11 May 1813:

 

        Report to the naval officer in charge at Baltimore.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTELLATION, 17 May 1813:

 

        You may delay your transfer to see to defenses of Norfolk.  Repairs to CONSTITUTION are considerable: now waiting for beams.  "I presume not more than half the former crew remains..."

 

Roll 11 (July 1, 1813 ‑ December 31, 1814)

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Jul 1813:

 

        It was not perceived that transferring Lieutenant [Jesse] Wilkinson to CONSTITUTION would prejudice Lieutenant [B. V.] Hoffman's deserved seniority.  Return Lieutenant Wilkinson to CONSTELLATION.

 

To Lieutenant Jesse Wilkinson, Boston, 19 Jul 1813:

 

        Return to CONSTELLATION revoked.  Remain in Boston awaiting further orders.  Lieutenant Hoffman was CONSTITUTION's 3rd Lieutenant "in two brilliant actions" and deserves to be her 2nd.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Aug 1813:

 

        Do you wish Lieutenant [W. B.] Shubrick ordered to you from CONSTELLATION?

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Aug 1813:

 

        Lieutenant William B. Shubrick and Surgeon William Turk ordered to the ship as soon as relieved by Lieutenant [Glenn] Drayton and Surgeon Kennan.

 

To Captain Charles G. Ridgely, Baltimore, MD, 31 Aug 1813:

 

        "I have before me your letter of yesterday, and am not surprized that you burst one half Mr. Dorsey's Carronades.  The proof was too severe, and I am astonished that any of them stood it.  The particulars of the proof of the Carronades for the Constellation, having certainly escaped your recollection.  The Gunner of the Navy Yard, who has proved all the Guns, for several years, on this station, assures me, that he has never used any other proof than that which Capt. Tingey certified, and delivered to Mr. Dorsey; and that, in the instance of the Constellations Carronades, none of them were tried a second time ‑‑  The long heavy Guns were, and this may have given rise to the mistake.

        "The Constitution's Carronades were proved in the same manner, and they, in the action with the Guerriere, stood a full charge, with two round shot, every round during the action.

        "The pocket Gunner is very equivocal in respect to the proof of Carronades.  He says, 'They are proved with 2 rounds, with their chambers full of powder, and one Shot, and one wad;' but, in the table, assigns 8 lbs of powder to a 32 pr. Carronade, as a proof charge, but says nothing of a shot or wad.  The chamber will not hold 1/8 part of the weight of the Shot in powder.  The fact is, that the proof, used at this station, has been amply sufficient, and Mr. Foxall, or his clerk, always attends to see the powder weighed, agreeably to the proof charge contained in Com. Tingey's certificate.

        "You will, therefore, have all the Carronades proved in conformity with the certificate; and if, after the first proof, you have reason to suspect any particular piece, it will be well to repeat the proof."

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS MACEDONIAN, 4 Sep 1813:

 

        CONSTITUTION's prize agent is Charles Goldsborough.

 

To Surgeon's Mate John D. Armstrong, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Oct 1813:

 

        There is presently no billet ashore for you.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Dec 1813:

 

        I will be pleased to have a drawing and description of your furnace for heating shot.

 

To Midshipman Henry Ward, USS CONGRESS, 15 Jan 1814:

 

        Your Midshipman warrant date is hereby corrected to the time you entered as Acting Midshipman in CONSTITUTION, "say 1st of October 1812."

 

 To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 18 Apr 1814:

 

        If Surgeon [Amos A.] Evans is amenable, have him exchange with Surgeon [Charles] Cotton in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Apr 1814:

 

        "I do not perceive in the reasons and motives assigned a satisfactory cause for the premature termination of the cruise..."  "...an inquiry should be made..."

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 20 Apr 1814:

 

        I presume CONSTITUTION, so recently overhauled, must be ready to cruise again.  Expedite the inquiry.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 21 Apr 1814:

 

        With Captains [Isaac] Hull and [Oliver H.] Perry, as may be convenient, conduct an inquiry into Captain Stewart's premature termination of his late cruise.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Apr 1814:

 

        A Court of Inquiry will be held to investigate the early termination of war cruise.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, Philadelphia, PA, 11 May 1814:

 

        "The plan of the inboard works entire was forwarded sometime since.  It is the Counterpart of that by which the Constitution was finished on her last repair, on which much care was bestowed..."  Adhere to it.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 May 1814:

 

        Reference made to Purser Robert Pottinger in the ship.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston Navy Yard, 20 May 1814:

 

        The Court of Inquiry's report cited Captain Stewart for "poor judgment."  Furthermore:

        "You will order the Tanks taken down and the provisions contained therein or such part there of as may be fit for Naval use, repacked into barrels...

        "The same unfortunate error was committed on board the Constellation...  Had I known Captain Stewart's intention to construct Tanks on board the Constitution I should have strictly forbidden it..."

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jun 1814:

 

        Reference to Acting Lieutenant [Richard] Winter in the ship.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Jun 1814:

 

        Reference to Midshipman John C. Long in the ship.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 7 Jul 1814:

 

        Convene a court martial to try John Briggs, Nathaniel Leach, and John McDonald of the Newport privateer CHASSEUR.  [Revoked 10 Jul 1814.]

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 29 Sep 1814:

 

        Convene a court martial for Midshipman Joseph Cross, and Thomas Trask, Daniel Moody, William Long, Thomas Noland, and William Russell.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 Nov 1814:

 

        Deliver the enclosed letter to former Midshipman J. S. Paine.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 7 Nov 1814:

 

        Convene a court martial on CONSTITUTION's Thomas Gardener for desertion.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Nov 1814:

 

        Reference to Midshipman James Greenlaw in the ship.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Nov 1814:

 

        Orders for a war cruise.

 

To Jott S. Paine, Boston, MA, 8 Dec 1814:

 

        In view of good words from your superiors, your warrant (as Midshipman) is restored.  Report to Captain Porter in New York.  [Had been dismissed "for some irregular conduct."]

 

Roll 12 (January 3, 1815 ‑ April 30, 1817)

 

To Commodore Isaac Chauncey, Sackett's Harbor, NY, 14 Feb 1815:

 

        Peace treaty signed 24 Dec 1814.  Ratification expected.  "...hostilities are to cease in twelve days after the ratification at Washington..."

 

Circular to all stations, 28 Feb 1815:

 

        Announces peace.

 

To Lieutenant Beekman V. Hoffman, New York, NY, 15 Apr 1815:

 

        Received your letter of the 10th announcing arrival of CYANE.  Turn her over to U. S. Marshal.

 

To Captain Charles Morris, USS CONGRESS, 17 Apr 1815:

 

        Lieutenant [W. B.] Shubrick will be transferred to you if CONSTITUTION returns in time.

 

To Captain Charles Ridgely, USS ONTARIO, 4 May 1815:

 

        Take all former CONSTITUTIONs who have returned from Bermuda.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 May 1815:

 

        Ship ordered to Boston.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 May 1815 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        Provide as many men as needed to CONGRESS.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 12 Jun 1815:

 

        Since Midshipman Lufborough appears to prefer resignation to court martial, send on his letter and warrant.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Jun 1815:

 

        Reconsidering the Lufborough case, reprimand him and return him to duty.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Jun 1815:

 

        Permission granted to go on indefinite leave after forwarding journal of cruise.  Leave the ship in the care of the "oldest officer" and report to Washington in person when ready for further service.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, USS INDEPENDENCE, 5 Jul 1815:

 

        INDEPENDENCE is not fit for a 74.  If, in consultation with Commodore Hull and Captains Stewart and Crane, you cannot adequately reduce her draft by removal of "extra" provisions, stores, and water, then she must be returned to the yard and razeed ‑‑ "...the only alternative we have left..."  In that case, transfer men, stores, and  provisions to CONSTITUTION and UNITED STATES, either of which you may command, and proceed to the Mediterranean in accordance with your orders.

 

To Commodore Arthur Sinclair, Lake Erie, 29 August 1815:

 

        "...the command of CONSTITUTION awaits your acceptance..."

 

To Commodore Isaac Chauncey, USS WASHINGTON, 29 Sep 1815:

 

        "Lieutenant William Shubrick is attached to the Frigate Constitution..."

 

To Commodore Arthur Sinclair, Washington, DC, 7 Nov 1815:

 

        Appointed to command CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 25 Jan 1816:

 

        Lay up all ships in ordinary except INDEPENDENCE and LYNX, both in reduced commission.

 

To Lieutenant William B. Shubrick, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Jan 1816:

 

        Place the ship in ordinary.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge Boston, MA, 27 Jan 1816:

 

        Midshipman Joseph Cross ordered to the ship, to report one month from this date.

 

To Commodore Arthur Sinclair, Norfolk, VA, 5 Feb 1816:

 

        Regret poor health kept you from getting to Boston.  CONSTITUTION now laid up.  "...in the course of the coming year, ... you will be considered as attached to that ship when she shall be put in commission."  Let me know when you are recovered.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS FRANKLIN, 15 May 1816:

 

        The amount awarded to CONSTITUTION by Congress for the capture of LEVANT will be paid to your prize agent when he presents himself.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS FRANKLIN, 13 Jun 1816:

 

        It has been decided to make a claim on the British and Portuguese governments for the recapture of LEVANT.

 

General Order, 1 Jul 1816:

 

        All officers not under orders for duty, or employed on stations or ships as of this date are on half pay.  Those not on furlough will report to the Department every three months until ordered to duty.

 

Roll 13 (May 1, 1817 ‑ May 17, 1820)

 

To Captain Charles Stewart, USS FRANKLIN, 13 Jun 1817:

 

        Please furnish Navy Agent George Harrison with your profile so the die for your medal can be prepared.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 3 Dec 1817:

 

        So that a new die of your medal can be prepared, please forward "a perfect representation" of the action with JAVA for the medal's reverse.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 31 Mar 1818:

 

        Lieutenant Silas Duncan requests transfer to CONSTITUTION if she is activated, or to any ship to be commanded by Commodore Macdonough.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, 22 Apr 1818:

 

        Captain Jacob Jones transferred from GUERRIERE to CONSTITUTION; Commodore Macdonough to take GUERRIERE.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Georgetown Crossroads, MD, 13 Jul 1818:

 

        Your ship will not be activated any time soon; you may remain on leave.

 

To Sailing Master John Percival, 10 Jul 1818:

 

        Presents Congressional sword for PEACOCK's victory over EPERVIER.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Georgetown Crossroads, MD, 1 Aug 1818:

 

        Your presence as a witness is required at a court of inquiry to be held in the case of Surgeon Thomas Harris in New York on 10 August.

 

General Order, 22 Mar 1819:

 

        All Midshipmen henceforth to be examined for promotional fitness.  First examinations are to take place at the New York Navy Yard on 4 Oct 1819, for all Midshipmen with warrants dated prior to 1 Jan 1813.

 

 To Captain Isaac Hull; Lieutenants Charles Morris, Alexander S. Wadsworth, Beekman V. Hoffman, George C. Read; Surgeon Amos A. Evans; Surgeon's Mate John D. Armstrong; Purser Thomas Chew; Lieutenant John Contee, USMC, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Hull; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS GUERRIERE.

 

To Captain Stephen Decatur; Lieutenants George C. Read, John B. Nicholson; Surgeon Samuel R. Trevett; Purser John B. Timberlake; Captain William Anderson and Lieutenant James L. Edwards, USMC, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Decatur; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS MACEDONIAN.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones; Lieutenants James Biddle, George W. Rodgers, George A. Wise; Surgeon Thomas Harris; Surgeon's Mate Walter W. New, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Jones; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS FROLIC.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge; Lieutenant Beekman V. Hoffman; Surgeon Amos A. Evans; Surgeon's Mate John D. Armstrong; Purser Robert C. Ludlow; Lieutenants John Contee and William H. Freeman, USMC, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Bainbridge; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS JAVA.

 

To Lieutenant Edward R. McCall and Surgeon Bailey Washington, 10 Feb 1820;

 

        Delivers silver Congressional medals honoring victory over HMS BOXER.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott; Lieutenants Daniel Turner, Thomas H. Stevens, John Packett, A. H. M. Conklin; Purser Samuel Hambleton; Surgeon Samuel Horsley; Surgeon's Mates Usher Parsons and Robert R. Barton; Lieutenant James Blair, USMC, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Elliott; silver for the others) honoring victory over the British Lake Erie squadron.

 

To Commodore Thomas Macdonough; Master Commandant Robert Henley; Lieutenants Stephen Cassin; Francis J. Mitchell; Joseph Smith, Charles A. Budd; Purser George Beale; Surgeon's Mate Gustavus R. Brown; Sailing Master Elie A. F. Vallette, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold  for Macdonough; silver for the others) honoring victory over the British Lake Champlain squadron.

 

To Captain Lewis Warrington; Lieutenant John B. Nicolson, Surgeon Samuel Henley; Surgeon's Mates Charles B. Hamilton; Purser Herman Thorn, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Warrington; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS EPERVIER.

 

To Captain Charles Stewart; Lieutenants Henry E. Ballard, Beekman V. Hoffman, William B. Shubrick, William M. Hunter, John Tayloe; Surgeon John A. Kearney; Surgeon's Mate Benjamin Austin; Purser Robert Pottinger; Captain Archibald Henderson and Lieutenant William H. Freeman, USMC, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Stewart; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS CYANE and HMS LEVANT.

 

To Captain James Biddle; Lieutenants David Conner, John T. Newton, Isaac Mayo; Purser William P. Zantzinger; Surgeon Benjamin Kissam; Lieutenant William B. Brownlaw, USMC, 10 Feb 1820:

 

        Delivers Congressional medals (gold for Biddle; silver for the others) honoring victory over HMS PENGUIN.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Head of Sassafras, MD, 25 Feb 1820:

 

        Offers command of USS GUERRIERE in the Mediterranean.  [Refused.]

 

To Purser Lewis Deblois, Boston, MA, 4 Mar 1820:

 

        Transfer Captain Jacob Jones' pay account to Purser Samuel P. Todd at Philadelphia, from whence the Captain henceforth will draw his pay.

 

To Purser Samuel P. Todd, Philadelphia, PA, 4 Mar 1820:

 

        Forwards $320 (2 months pay) for Captain Jacob Jones.

 

Roll 14 (May 17, 1820 ‑ May 28, 1823)

 

General Order, 1 Jul 1820:

 

        All Midshipmen with warrants dated before 1 Jan 1814 who intend to take the promotion examination on 1 Oct 1820 at New York Navy Yard, so notify the Department.

 

To Captain Arthur Sinclair, 3 Jul 1820:

 

        "...the 16th article page 21 of the New Regulations expressly states that 'Slaves are not to be borne on the Books of the Vessels of the United States.'"

 

To Lieutenant Joseph R. Jarvis, Boston, MA, 30 Aug 1820:

 

        When CONSTITUTION is being readied for service, your request will be attended to.

 

To Midshipman G. W. Bleecker, New York, NY, 31 Aug 1820:

 

        [Repeats letter immediately above.]

 

To Lieutenant L. E. Simonds, Boston, MA, 31 Aug 1820:

 

        The commander of CONSTITUTION is not yet designated.  When one is, apply through him.

 

To Midshipman G. W. Bleecker, New York, NY, 11 Sep 1820:

 

        "...it is not yet decided whether the Frigate Constitution will be equipped for Sea.  She is now under repair but no destination assigned or arrangements made for her equipment."

 

To Captain Lewis Warrington, USS GUERRIERE, 20 Oct 1820:

 

        Cadre for a 44‑gun frigate in ordinary is 5 lieutenants, 20 midshipmen, 1 surgeon, 1 surgeon's mate, 1 purser, 1 sailing master, 4 seamen, and 6 ordinary seamen.

 

To Surgeon Edward Cutbush, Washington, DC, 28 Oct 1820:

 

        "...James Kennedy formerly Cook of the Frigate Constitution, under Commr Preble into the Hospital for subsistence..." temporarily.

 

To Captain John Shaw, USS INDEPENDENCE, 29 Nov 1820:

 

        The order of the Board of Naval Commissioners to return the guns formerly borrowed from CONSTITUTION must be obeyed.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Mediterranean Squadron, 17 Jan 1821:

 

        CONSTITUTION is readying to come to the Mediterranean and relieve you, probably at Port Mahon by the middle of May.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Head of Sassafras, MD, 19 Jan 1821:

 

        CONSTITUTION is to sail in early spring for the Mediterranean.  Do you intend to go out in her?

 

To Captain John Shaw, USS INDEPENDENCE, 26 Jan 1821:

 

        Have a rendezvous opened for CONSTITUTION immediately.  Keep recruits in INDEPENDENCE until she is ready for them.

 

To Captain James Renshaw, Boston, MA, 26 Jan 1821:

 

        In recruiting for CONSTITUTION, avoid any foreigners.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Head of Sassafras, MD, 2 Feb 1821:

 

        Yours of 30 Jan received.  You can remain at the farm until further orders.  Do you have a preference for executive officer?  Lieutenant Joseph Smith, the senior man now aboard is considered very competent.

 

To Captain John Shaw, USS INDEPENDENCE, 13 Feb 1821:

 

        CONSTITUTION's crew is to be entered for 2 years, or during the cruise not to exceed 3 years.

 

To Sailing Master Briscoe S. Doxey, Washington Navy Yard, 13 Feb 1821:

 

        You may use CONSTITUTION in Boston for testing your machine. Proceed thence, build the machine, and test it.

 

To Lieutenant John Gallagher, Baltimore, MD, 19 Feb 1821:

 

        Captain Jones has asked for you as his First Lieutenant.  Advise me of your desires immediately.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Head of Sassafras, MD, 26 Feb 1821:

 

        Lieutenant Gallagher wishes to be excused.  Lieutenant Foxhall A. Parker has asked for orders to CONSTITUTION as First Lieutenant if you have no objections.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Mar 1821:

 

        Enclosed are orders for your son, Richard, to join you.

 

To Master Commandant Benjamin Booth, USS INDEPENDENCE, 8 Mar 1821:

 

        CONSTITUTION doesn't rate a Master Commandant, but if Captain Jones wishes you, so be it ‑‑ without any extra compensation.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Mar 1821:

 

        Lieutenant Isaac McKeever will report as a supernumerary to be assigned where you will when in the Mediterranean.

 

To Captain Alexander S. Wadsworth, USS JOHN ADAMS, 17 Mar 1821:

 

        Midshipmen T. L. Shaw and John Little this day ordered to CONSTITUTION.  Send their accounts to the ship's purser, Thomas Breese.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Georgetown Crossroads, MD, 19 Mar 1821:

 

        I request that you proceed as soon as possible to your ship and report her readiness for service.

 

To Lieutenant James E. Oellers, Philadelphia, PA, 26 Mar 1821:

 

        All CONSTITUTION's officers have been selected.

 

To Midshipman Arthur Lewis, USS JOHN ADAMS, 26 Mar 1821:

 

        There is no billet for you in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser Thomas Breese, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Mar 1821:

 

        Surgeon's Mate Thomas J. Boyd and Gunner William Johnson, recently ordered to CONSTITUTION, each has had $50 advanced to them at Norfolk.

 

To Lieutenant James E. Oellers, Philadelphia, PA, 2 Apr 1821:

 

        CONSTITUTION is crowded as full as her accommodations will admit.

 

To Lieutenant H. H. Cocke, New York, NY, 2 Apr 1821:

 

        [Repeats the letter immediately above.]

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Apr 1821:

 

        All officers have been ordered to CONSTITUTION except a Sailing Master, and he today.  Surgeon Ray is now under orders and 2 Surgeon's Mates long since.  Boatswain James Banks was ordered two days ago.  Captain Samuel Angus at New York has recruited 28 seamen and ordinary seamen for you, to be sent around immediately.

 

To Purser Thomas Breese, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Apr 1821:

 

        Surgeon's Mate U. F. Rodgers was advanced $50 at Norfolk.

 

To Midshipmen Thomas S. and A. J. D. Brown, USS INDEPENDENCE, 14 Apr 1821:

 

        There is no room for you in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Apr 1821:

 

        Consul General at Genoa, James Schee, Esq., has requested passage in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore William Bainbridge, Mediterranean Squadron, 17 Apr 1821:

 

        Captain Jones in CONSTITUTION is ordered to relieve you.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Apr 1821:

 

        You may provide your officers with 3 months advanced pay so they may provide for themselves prior to sailing.  The signals have not changed since Commodore Chauncey was in the Mediterranean.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Apr 1821 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        When at Leghorn, consult with Consul Appleton regarding the statue of General Washington for the state of North Carolina and how it may be returned to Norfolk for further transfer.

 

To Captain John Shaw, Boston, MA, 19 Apr 1821:

 

        Forty men having been sent to CONSTITUTION from New York, her crew should be complete.  Close the rendezvous.

 

To Doctor George S. Sproston, Baltimore, MD, 19 Apr 1821:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION immediately.

 

To Dr. John H. Gordon, Philadelphia, PA, 23 Apr 1821:

 

        CONSTITUTION already has a Surgeon.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Apr 1821:

 

        Your sailing orders have been sent.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Apr 1821 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        In order to reduce squadron costs, stores and supplies of every kind will be shipped to you at Port Mahon.

 

To Captain Daniel T. Patterson, New Orleans, LA, 22 May 1821:

 

        Lieutenant Isaac McKeever was ordered to CONSTITUTION 14 Mar 1821.

 

General Order, 5 Jul 1821:

 

        Announces October midshipman promotion examinations for those with dates between 1 Jan 1814 and 30 Apr 1815, as well as those unable to attend the previous examinations and those who failed them.

 

To Commodore Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Sep 1821:

 

        Shut down the hospital at Pisa and move the stores to Port Mahon.

 

To Commodore Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Nov 1821:

 

        Lieutenant Samuel L. Breese, in your squadron, may be given permission to reside in France for the purpose of learning the language, if you can spare him.

 

General Order, 1 Feb 1822:

 

        Use of the title "Commodore" is abolished until established by law.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Feb 1822:

 

        Disestablish the hospital at Pisa and send the extra Surgeons and invalids home.

 

General Order, 15 May 1822:

 

        All Midshipmen with warrants dated before 1 Apr 1815 must take the promotion examination on 1 Oct next at the New York Navy Yard.  Those who don't will be considered out of the service.

 

General Order, 26 Jun 1822:

 

        Midshipmen who have passed the promotion examination will wear a gold star in the diamond on each collar.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jun 1822:

 

        Make every effort to have any midshipmen in the squadron with warrants dated before 1 Apr 1815 returned to US for examination.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Dec 1822:

 

        Work with Consul Shaler at Algiers to resolve quickly the difficulties between the Regency and the US.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Jan 1823:

 

        Try and procure the largest possible specimens of thorny ironwood, Sideroxylum spinosum, at Mogador and ship them via any returning public vessel to COL G. M. Troup of Georgia.

 

Roll 15 (May 24, 1823 ‑ March 23, 1825)

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Jun 1823:

 

        Report personnel and material condition of squadron.

 

General Order, 20 Aug 1823:

 

        Members of the Board of Naval Commissioners are to be received with 15 guns.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Oct 1823:

 

        This day ordered ERIE (Captain David Deacon) to join you and replace ONTARIO (Captain Wolcott Chauncey).  CYANE (Captain John Orde Creighton) will sail from New York in 10 days to relieve you.  [Ultimately delayed until late February 1824, then sent via northern France.]

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 May 1824:

 

        Permission granted to visit family.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 May 1824:

 

        Your officers may be granted leaves of absence for up to two months.

 

To Captain William Bainbridge, Boston, MA, and Captain Samuel Evans, New York, NY, 26 May 1824:

 

        Open a rendezvous for seamen and ordinary seamen for CONSTITUTION to serve three years unless sooner discharged.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, Middletown, CT, 26 May 1824:

 

        "Active service will soon be assigned to you..."

 

To Captain Joseph Bainbridge, New York, NY, 14 Jun 1824:

 

        Captain Macdonough has been ordered to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Jun 1824:

 

         I intend to order Chaplain Cook to duty in CONSTITUTION.  Advise me of his fitness; there have been unfavorable reports.

 

To Captain Jacob Jones, Georgetown Crossroads, MD, 19 Jun 1824:

 

        I have yet to receive your reports on your officers' character, conduct, and skill.  These should always be made with care, promptness, and fidelity.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Jun 1824:

 

        Lieutenants Vallette, Wyman, Page, and Tatnal [sic] have been ordered to report immediately.  Vallette is not to be First as there are those senior to him who cannot be overlooked.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Jun 1824:

 

        I regret that the Sailing Master and Gunner you requested are unavailable.  Use any Gunner from the Navy yard until I can get one to you.

 

To Captain John Orde Creighton, Mediterranean Squadron, 13 Jul 1824:

 

        Macdonough "will probably arrive...in the course of a few weeks..."

 

To Lieutenant Josiah Tatnall, New York, NY, 18 Jul 1824:

 

        Here is a duplicate of your orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Jul 1824:

 

        Consul to Tunis C. D. Coxe will take passage with you.

 

To Midshipman S. Swartwout, New York, NY, 17 Aug 1824:

 

        Officers for CONSTITUTION will not be completed until the Secretary returns to the office.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Aug 1824:

 

        Midshipman Barnhouse is to remain suspended from duty in CONSTITUTION until the Secretary can review his case.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Sep 1824:

 

        All officer deficiencies will be supplied shortly.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Sep 1824:

 

        CONSTITUTION's complement to be as follows:

 

 

 2 Gunner's Mates

1 Coxswain

  4 Boatswain's Mates

1 Armorer

  2 Carpenter's Mates

1 Master‑at‑Arms

  1 Sailmaker's Mate

1 Ship's Corporal

10 Quarter Gunners

3 Yeomen

  1 Steward

150 Seamen

  1 Cook

180 Ordinary Seamen & Boys

 

Complete to these numbers with the draft from Boston.  Transfer any excess to the receiving ship at New York.

 

To Purser John B. Timberlake, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Sep 1824:

 

        The officers of CONSTITUTION may have 2 months advance pay, no more.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Sep 1824:

 

        The Secretary's decision on a Surgeon for you is expected in a few days.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Sep 1824:

 

        The enclosed letter from Lewis W. Gillespie says he deserted from your command.  Attend to it.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Oct 1824:

 

        The following Midshipmen have been ordered: C. E. Hawkins, G. Gansevoort, J. H. Ward, S. Swartwout, J. A. Hemphill, and Joseph Arnold.  I have detached Midshipmen J. H. Marshal [sic] and C. M. Armstrong who were on the last cruise.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Oct 1824 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        The Reverend John McCarty of Clermont, NY, has been ordered to you.  Don't sail without him.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Oct 1824 [3rd ltr of this date]:

 

        I don't know what to do with Midshipman Barnhouse because of insufficient information.  It appears that both he and Purser Timberlake are culpable.  If the money Timberlake paid Barnhouse was a loan, then Barnhouse's language and conduct are unjustifiable; if a debt, Timberlake was wrong and should be rebuked.  The charge by Timberlake against Barnhouse is of serious character.  If he is ready to name witnesses, etc., a trial will follow.  If he will not, the charge should be considered unfounded and Timberlake obliged to apologize to Barnhouse.  Do what you can to resolve this and advise me soonest.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Oct 1824 [4th ltr of this date]:

 

        Doctor De Witt Birch and Lieutenant William M. Armstrong have been ordered to report immediately, then you are to proceed to the Mediterranean and take command of the squadron.  Take Mr. Coxe and his family to Tunis.  Show yourself at Algiers and Tripoli, and confer with the Consuls there.  Lieutenant H. S. Newcomb will report to you to command NONSUCH; Lieutenant Turner may return to the US on the first public conveyance.

 

To Lieutenant Samuel L. Breese, New York, NY, 18 Oct 1824:

 

        You cannot be ordered as a supernumerary to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Oct 1824:

 

        Enclosed are quantities of the following blank forms:  Monthly Return of Officers & Crew; of persons discharged; of desertions; & of deaths on board each vessel in your squadron.  Ensure they are prepared accurately and submitted regularly through you, beginning on the 1st of the month after sailing from the US.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Oct 1824 [2nd ltr of that date]:

 

        Enclosed is a letter from James Parrott.  Can we indulge his request?

 

To Gunner John Lord, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Oct 1824:

 

        Submit your travel claim to the Fourth Auditor.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 Oct 1824:

 

        As the services of the man are necessary, punish him and return him to duty.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Oct 1824:

 

        You may grant any leave you feel appropriate to permit Lieutenant Downing and Midshipman Glentworth to visit parts of Italy when convenient.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Oct 1824 [2nd ltr of that date]:

 

        Please inform your warrant officers that none may be accompanied by his wife.

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Oct 1824 [3rd ltr of that date]:

 

        I am happy to learn that Purser Timberlake and Midshipman Barnhouse have settled their differences.

        

General Order, 12 Mar 1825:

 

        As of 1 Jul 1825, fitness reports are to be completed on all officers and submitted every 6 months.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 16 Mar 1825:

 

        Once in the Mediterranean, convene a board to examine Midshipmen with dates of warrant prior to 1 Jan 1818 for promotion.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 19 Mar  1825:

 

        Here are files of the National Intelligencer and National Record, up to date, for the use of squadron officers.  Further files will be forwarded as conveyances offer.

 

Roll 16 (March 23, 1825 ‑ August 16, 1826)

 

To Lieutenant Joseph Cross, Washington, DC, 27 Apr 1825:

 

        Why did you return from the Mediterranean?  [Later reported personal problems and was granted 6 months furlough, to return to the Mediterranean thereafter if needed.]

 

To Captain Isaac Chauncey, New York Navy Yard, 17 Jun 1825:

 

        "Midshipmen S. Swartwout and J. W. Mooers...arrived... from Gibraltar..."

 

To Captain Thomas Macdonough, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Jul 1825:

 

        Regarding Midshipmen John W. Mooers and Samuel Swartwout, "...the impropriety of which these young men had been guilty justified your disapprobation..."  Why didn't you allow them funds for their return?

 

To Midshipmen Swartwout, Mooers, and 3 others, 12 Jul 1825:

 

        Scolded for duelling and threatened with permanent suspension if it occurs again.  All are to be ordered to new duty stations.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 29 Aug 1825:

 

        Captain George C. Read has been given a year's furlough in Europe and will be arriving in BRANDYWINE.  You may call him into service if you need him.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 1 Sep 1825:

 

        Captain Daniel T. Patterson to have USS BRANDYWINE when she arrives.

 

To Captain Charles Morris, USS BRANDYWINE, 1 Sep 1825:

 

        If, for any reason, your First Lieutenant cannot take the ship to the Mediterranean from France, turn her over to Read.

 

To Captain Charles Morris, USS BRANDYWINE, 1 Sep 1825 [2nd ltr of that date]:

 

        You will receive 25 copies of Sheet Anchor for the use of ship's officers.  They may purchase their own copy with $5 to the Purser.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 2 Sep 1825:

 

        Should BRANDYWINE appear with Read in command, I intend he relinquish that command to Turner on joining and go on leave.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 5 Sep 1825:

 

        Approves of Rodgers' permission to Chaplain John McCarty to return home.  [Reported in 26 Jun 1825 letter.]

 

To Chaplain John McCarty, Clermont, NY, 13 Sep 1825:

 

        "...your return to...Constitution will probably become necessary in a very short time."

 

Circular letter, 29 Nov 1825:

 

        Announces death of Commodore Thomas Macdonough on the preceding 10th. Flags ordered to half‑mast and 13 minute guns on day after notice is received.  Officers to wear "crape" on left arms for 30 days.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 22 Dec 1825:

 

        Forwards warrants for Midshipmen C. M. Armstrong, Henry A. Bell, Edward Boyd, Frederick Chatard, Charles H. Duryee, John G. Glasson, Guert Gansevoort*, Horatio M. Houston, George M. Hooe, John R. Goldsborough, Charles G. Hunter, Samuel, E. Munn, William McBlair, James Noble, Jr., William H. Noland, Cary W. Selden, James Southard, Bushrod W. Turner, Gabriel G. Williamson, and T. M. Washington.  [*: serving in CONSTITUTION.]

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 28 Dec 1825:

 

        Captain Read is to bring BRANDYWINE home now; Captain Patterson to command CONSTITUTION.  Use BRANDYWINE's crew to replace people nearing the end of their enlistment in the squadron.

 

Circular letter, 30 Dec 1825:

 

        Outfitting complement for a 44‑gun frigate is: 1  Captain, 5 Lieutenants, 18 Midshipmen, 1 Surgeon, 2 Surgeon's Mates, 1 Purser, 1 Chaplain, 1 Sailing Master, 1 Schoolmaster, 1 Captain's Clerk, 1 Boatswain, 1 Gunner, 1 Carpenter, 1 Sailmaker, 3 Boatswain's Mates, 2 Gunner's Mates, 1 Carpenter's Mate, 1 Sailmaker's Mate, 12 Quarter Gunners, 8 Quartermasters, 3 Yeomen, 1 Coxswain, 1 Steward, 1 Cooper, 1 Armorer, 1 Master‑at‑Arms, 2 Ship's Corporals, 1 Cook, 150 Seamen, 170 Ordinary Seamen, 15 Boys; USMC: 2 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeants, 4 Corporals, 1 Drummer, 1 Fifer, 45 Privates.

 

Circular letter, 1 April 1826:

 

        Correct the outfitting complement to show the total is 467 vice 457.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 13 Jul 1826:

 

        Should Lieutenant Ralph Voorhees in CONSTITUTION ask for relief, a six month leave of absence may be granted if convenient.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 3 Aug 1826:

 

        I want you to return next spring and resume presidency of the Board of Naval Commissioners.  At that time, rearrange personnel so that CONSTITUTION, ONTARIO, and PORPOISE are able to remain on station.

 

Circular to Yard Commandants, 7 Aug 1826:

 

        Congress has directed a survey to determine where drydocks might be located.  Loammi Baldwin is to do the survey and is to be given every assistance.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 9 Aug 1826:

 

        Henceforth, get as many supplies and funds as possible from the Naval Agent at Gibraltar.  Explanation to follow.

 

Circular letter, 10 Aug 1826:

 

        Musicians, as prescribed in the circular of 1 Apr 1826, allotted as follows to a 44‑gun frigate:

 

        1 Bandmaster at $15/mo., 4 Seaman Musicians at $12/mo., and 3 Ordinary Seaman Musicians at $10/mo.

        Further, a Captain's Steward is substituted for a Coxswain.

 

Roll 17 (August 21, 1826 ‑ April 14, 1828)

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 22 Dec 1826:

 

        A relief for CONSTITUTION will be sent before her crew's time runs out.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 7 Feb 1827:

 

        JAVA will be out in early May to relieve you.  CONSTITUTION will remain until further orders.  Captain Patterson may be left in command until JAVA arrives if you can't wait.

 

To Commodore John Rodgers, USS NORTH CAROLINA, 30 Apr 1827:

 

        JAVA is intended to replace NORTH CAROLINA.  DELAWARE probably will be sent, "in a few months," to replace CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser John B. Timberlake, USS CONSTELLATION [sic], 16 Oct 1827:

 

            Private John Waters, Jr., USMC, said to be in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Daniel Patterson, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Oct 1828:

 

        Refers to return of Midshipman Harwood to the US and the appointment of Midshipman Marshall "in his place."

 

To Commodore William Crane, USS JAVA, 5 Feb 1828:

 

        Order CONSTITUTION home when you deem proper, but as early as possible.  Direct her to Boston.  If Lieutenant H. B. Sawyer can be spared, send him home in her, as well as Midshipman C. W. Chauncey (for examination).

 

Roll 18 (April 14, 1828 ‑ May 12, 1830)

 

To Captain Daniel T. Patterson, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Jul 1828:

 

        Money has been sent to the Navy Agent to pay off the crew per the requisition of Lieutenant [Robert B.] Randolph, acting purser.  Mentions Lieutenant Shields.

 

To Commodore Charles Morris, Boston Navy Yard, 7 Jul 1828:

 

        $93,000 being remitted to pay off CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Thomas Sands, Annapolis, MD, 15 Jul 1828:

 

        Report of your return in CONSTITUTION received.  Why back so soon?

 

To Captain Daniel T. Patterson, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Jul 1828:

 

        Are you agreeable to being a Commissioner?  [Yes.]

 

To Commodore Charles Morris, Boston Navy Yard, 22 Jul 1828:

 

        Mention of 33 invalids returned in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Daniel T. Patterson, New York, NY, 23 Jul 1828:

 

        Report the details of Midshipman Daniel L. Randolph's misconduct while in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Robert B. Randolph, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Aug 1828:

 

        Sell the stores and slops remaining in CONSTITUTION and forward accounts.  Mentions Ordinary Seaman Joseph Arnet in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Robert B. Randolph, Boston, MA, 13 Aug 1828:

 

        Submit accounts without delay; include books and papers of the late Purser John B. Timberlake.

 

To Lieutenant W. D. Salter, Elizabethtown, NJ, 16 Dec 1828:

 

        Master Commandant B. W. Booth was detached from CONSTITUTION on 30 Sep 1821.  The next day, Lieutenant F. A. Parker was promoted to $50/mo. and 4 rations/day presumably because he succeeded to Booth's duties.  He continued to receive that pay until 31 Jul 1824.  This was not standard practice.

 

To Lieutenant Robert B. Randolph, Richmond, VA, 9 May 1829:

 

        Regulations preclude my enlisting "the Greek boy" [George Sirian] on the rolls of Gosport Navy Yard.

 

Roll 19 (May 14, 1830 ‑ August 5, 1831)

 

Circular letter, 12 Jan 1831:

 

        No flag captains are to be appointed by other than the Secretary.

 

General Order, 15 June 1831:

 

        Men not drawing their spirit ration are to be credited with 6 cents per day.

 

Roll 20 (August 5, 1831 ‑ February 21, 1832 and December 2, 1833 ‑ May 7, 1834)

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 27 Feb 1834):

 

        "Yours of the 23rd instant concerning the proposed 'figure head of the Constitution' ‑ has been received. ‑

        "The subject is new to me ‑ but I am not aware, that any general order should be so construed as to prevent you in a difficulty with any citizen from making such a statement, printed or otherwise, as your own judgement may dictate to be propper [sic] and as the cause of truth and the public interests may appear to require."

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 17 Mar 1834:

 

        Understands that the Board of Naval Commissioners has replied to his figurehead correspondence.

 

To Captain Charles W. Morgan, Washington, DC, 10 Apr 1834:

 

        Acknowledges receipt of request for orders to command CONSTITUTION.

 

Roll 21 (January 6 ‑ December 10, 1832)

 

        NOTHING

 

Roll 22 (December 10, 1832 ‑ August 24, 1833)

 

To Captain Wolcott Chauncey, Washington DC, 26 Mar 1833:

 

        Acknowledges request to command CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Thomas W. Wiseman, Norfolk, VA, 5 Apr 1833:

 

        Notes that he was transferred from CONSTITUTION to NORTH CAROLINA in the Mediterranean.

 

To Purser James H. Terry, Pensacola, FL, 10 Apr 1833:

 

        Acknowledge request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 29 Jun 1833:

 

        Acknowledges report of CONSTITUTION's drydocking and careful shoring.

 

 General Order, 29 Jul 1833:

 

        Notes the passing of Commodore William Bainbridge on the 27th and orders usual honors.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 1 Aug 1833:

 

        "I take pleasure in enclosing the enclosed copy of a letter from the Honble Roger B. Taney, acknowledging the receipt of the volume extracted from the Frigate Constitution."

 

Roll 23 (May 9, 1834 ‑ April 3, 1835)

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Heywood, New York, NY, 19 May 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Cicero Price, Norfolk, VA, 9 Jun 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.  [Requested same for BOXER, 25 Jul 1834; BOXER denied, 3 Sep 1834.]

 

To Midshipman J. W. Revere, Washington, DC, 12 Jun 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Carpenter William L. Shuttleworth, New York, NY, 27 Jun 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Henry Miller, Philadelphia, PA, 28 Jun 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman A. L. Case, Newburgh, NY, 30 Jun 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 9 Jul 1834:

 

        "...model of the Frigate Constitution...received."

 

To Purser John N. Hambleton, Washington, DC, 9 Jul 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to POTOMAC or CONSTITUTION.

 

 To Captain Charles W. Morgan, Boston, MA, 10 Jul 1834:

 

        Your request to command CONSTITUTION will be considered.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 11 Jul 1834:

 

        Notes that Elliott has suggested CONSTITUTION be substituted for POTOMAC for some unspecified duty.

 

To Passed Midshipman Lloyd J. Bryan, Norfolk, VA, 21 Jul 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant John Colhoun, Philadelphia, PA, 25 Jul 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman James A. Doyle, USS ST LOUIS, 4 Aug 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to POTOMAC or CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant W. H. Kennon, Richmond, VA, 8 Aug 1834:

 

        "...Constitution will probably not proceed on a cruise before next spring."

 

To Midshipman James McCormick, Norfolk, VA, 23 Aug 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Gunner Thomas Ryley, Boston, MA, 29 Aug 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Steedman, Charleston, SC, 8 Sep 1834:

 

        You will be considered for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Carpenter John A. Dickeson, Portsmouth, NH, 18 Oct 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser John N. Hambleton, St. Michael's, MD, 24 Oct 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant A. G. Slaughter, Norfolk, VA, 24 Oct 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman James T. McDonough, Norfolk, VA, 31 Oct 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Sylvanus Godon, Philadelphia, PA, 31 Oct 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 8 Dec 1834:

 

        Have the Boston rendezvous opened to recruit all classes of men for a 1st Class Frigate.

 

To Assistant Surgeon Thomas A. Parsons, New York, NY, 15 Dec 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Assistant Surgeon J. W. Plummer, Philadelphia, PA, 15 Dec 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Francis B. Ellison, Brooklyn, NY, 16 Dec 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Crillon Barton, Philadelphia, PA, 18 Dec 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant John A. Davis, Norfolk, VA, 23 Dec 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant William C. Nickerson, Baltimore, MD, 26 Dec 1834:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 2 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges Elliott's list of officers desired for CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman F. S. Haggerty, Philadelphia, PA, 2 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Steedman, Charleston, SC, 8 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION ‑ again.

 

To Sailmaker William Bennett, Hampton, VA, 20 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman R. Lloyd Tilghman, Easton, MD, 20 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 24 Jan 1835:

 

        Notes receipt of additional list of desired officers.

 

To Passed Midshipman A. A. Holcomb, Versailles, VA, 26 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Acting Midshipman Charles E. Fleming, New York, New York, 28 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 30 Jan 1835:

 

        Close the rendezvous.

 

To Midshipman William E. Newton, Burlington, NJ, 30 Jan 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Gunner Thomas Ryley, New London, CT, 6 Feb 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION ‑ again.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 9 Feb 1835:

 

        I will assign as many of the officers to CONSTITUTION you desire as can be fairly done.  Expect the ship to go alone to France for the Minister.  Do not hoist a broad pennant.  You may take your family round to New York City in the ship.

 

To Midshipman James A. Doyler, Norfolk, VA, 16 Feb 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Allen McLane, Wilmington, DE, 16 Feb 1835:

 

        "...it is not certain that the Constitution will soon proceed to the Mediterranean."

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 20 Feb 1835:

 

        The President wishes CONSTITUTION brought round to New York City as soon as possible.  Do so as soon as you have sufficient personnel and stores.  Receive the rest at New York.  Powder was sent by schooner on the 11th.  If you don't get it before sailing, it will be sent round after you.

 

To Lieutenant John B. Montgomery, Washington, DC, 20 Feb 1835:

 

        Has orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Percival Drayton, Philadelphia, 25 February 1835:

 

         All officers have been detailed to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Boston Navy Yard, 25 Feb 1835:

 

        Boatswain Hart's orders to CONSTITUTION canceled; Boatswain Robert Whitaker ordered from New York.

 

To Midshipman A. McLane, 28 Feb 1835:

 

        All officers detailed to CONSTITUTION.  "...still uncertain whether she will proceed to the Mediterranean."

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles F. M. Spotswood, "Kenhawa Salines," 28 Feb 1835:

 

        All officers detailed to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman A. McLane, Wilmington, DE, 4 Mar 1835:

 

        Again told no further officer orders to be issued.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Mar 1835:

 

        I have sent $1000 to the Navy Agent New York for CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman James P. McKinstry, Detroit, MI, 9 Mar 1835:

 

        No further officer orders to be issued for CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Mar 1835:

 

        Sail to Havre as soon as possible with dispatches.  Provide Minister Livingston with transport for himself and family to England, Holland, or the US, as he desires.  Return to New York with dispatches.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Mar 1835:

 

        "I am much mortified to hear that there may be some delay in completing the Figure head of the Constitution.

        "I wished nothing more done than merely replacing as much of the Head as had been removed which I know can be done in two or three days, and I wrote on to New York to have Mr. Dodge employed to make the repair with the least possible delay...

        "It is the wish of the President that not a moment should be lost in the sailing of the Ship..."

 

Roll 24 (April 4, 1835 ‑ April 21, 1836)

 

To Lieutenant G. C. Ashton, Portsmouth, VA, 7 Apr 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Oliver Perry Baldwin, New York, NY, 8 Jun 1835:

 

        CONSTITUTION had a full complement of officers when she sailed.

 

To Midshipman Edward C. Anderson, New York, NY, 23 Jun 1835:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION when she returns.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Jun 1835:

 

        You may discharge James Gordon if he desires it.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Jun 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Discharge William Wheeler alias William A. Meade, a minor.

 

To Passed Midshipman John J. Williams, Norfolk, VA, 29 Jun 1835:

 

        Do not expect to order any officers to CONSTITUTION merely as passengers.

 

To Midshipman William E. Newton, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jun 1835:

 

        You may not be detached as you have not completed your sea service.

 

To Midshipman William Ross Postell, New York, NY, 1 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Boatswain Robert Whittaker, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Jul 1835:

 

        Your claim for pay has been examined.

 

To Passed Midshipman Raphael Semmes, Jr., Cincinatti, OH, 7 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Heywood, New York, NY, 8 Jul 1835:

 

        Sailing Master Ferguson is still in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Henry Skipwith, Washington, DC, 8 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION; you are on list for SHARK.

 

To Passed Midshipman John F. Williams, Norfolk, VA, 8 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman B. W. Hunter, Brooklyn, NY, 8 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Midshipman Charles Fleming, New York, NY, 8 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Jul 1835:

 

        "I have received...a letter from Purser Etting expressing a desire to be detached from the Frigate Constitution, and communications from nearly all the Officers of the Ship disclaiming dissatisfaction with you as their Commander."  Etting will be replaced as soon as possible.

 

To Lieutenant Levin M. Powell, Chairman of Committee, of Officers of the Constitution, 10 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges receipt of letter enclosing "copies of the Preamble and Resolutions adopted by the Officers of the Frigate Constitution expressive of their views and wishes in relation to a Naval School..."

 

To Purser Henry Etting, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Jul 1835:

 

        Explain your position.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Jul 1835:

 

        Discharge Seaman Thomas Phillips.

 

To Purser McKean Buchanan, Philadelphia, PA, 13 Jul 1835:

 

        Purser John N. Hambleton has been ordered to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant John Colhoun, Philadelphia, PA, 13 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION; will you accept SHARK?

 

To Lieutenant Francis B. Ellison, Baltimore, MD, 13 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Jul 1835:

 

        Discharge minor William D. Oliver.

 

To Midshipman R. H. Lowndes, New York, NY, 14 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Daniel F. Dulany, Prospect Hill, VA, 14 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

 To Purser Henry Etting, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Jul 1835:

 

        Purser John N. Hambleton has been ordered as your successor.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Jul 1835:

 

        Discharge Benjamin Acker.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Jul 1835:

 

        Refers to Dr. Brinckerhoff in CONSTITUTION.  Discharge as unfit for service musician Samuel Wetherby, Seaman John Hudson, Carpenter's Mate John Jacobs, and Seaman John Vincent.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Jul 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Discharge minor S. H. McClean Blood if he really is one.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Heywood, New York, NY, 22 Jul 1835:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman B. W. Hunter, New York, NY, 22 Jul 1835:

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman William T. Muse, Edenton, NC, 24 Jul 1835:

 

        Leave of absence granted by Captain Elliott extended to 10 August, when you must be in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Jul 1835:

 

        Be ready to go to Mediterranean not later than mid‑August.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jul 1835:

 

        Regarding the charges against deserters George Adams and James Taylor: no time for court martial; if guilty, punish them to limit of law and either return them to duty or "dismiss ignominiously."

 

 To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jul 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Refers to James Dearing and James H. Darwald.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles Crillon Barton, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Jul 1835:

 

        Request for detachment from ship denied.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Jul 1835:

 

        Discharge Henry Shute.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Jul 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Discharge Seaman Charles Williams.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Jul 1835:

 

        Refers to Acting Professor of Mathematics Dow having made trip to France.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Jul 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Refers to William Penney.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Aug 1835:

 

        Dispose of deserters Noble, Paterson, and Johnson as I indicated for Adams and Taylor.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Aug 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Discharge William Raymond if warranted.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Aug 1835:

 

        Discharge Jacob Van Abt.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Aug 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Discharge Thomas R. Bartoll if actually a minor.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Aug 1835 [3rd ltr this date]:

 

        Nicodemus Price wants his discharge.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Aug 1835 [4th ltr this date]:

 

        James Gordon wants his discharge.

 

To Passed Midshipman Edward C. Anderson, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Aug 1835:

 

        Do you wish to be detached?

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Aug 1835:

 

        I have received detachment requests from Passed Midshipmen Berrien and Duncan.  Mr. Steele was to take Berrien's place.  Sailing Master Vaughan to replace Mr. Ferguson.  Midshipman Sinclair's detachment is revoked per his request.

 

To Master Commandant M. C. Perry, New York Navy Yard, 7 Aug 1835:

 

        Supply Captain Elliott with any personnel he needs.

 

To Acting Midshipman John Rutledge, Charleston, SC, 7 Aug 1835:

 

        CONSTITUTION has all her officers.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Aug 1835:

 

        Sail as soon as possible after 16 August.  You may fly broad pendant and relieve Commodore Patterson as squadron commander.  You will have a messenger from the State Department with presents for the Emperor of Morocco as passenger.  Deliver him to Tangier.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 Aug 1835:

 

        Refers to Seaman Walter Dannie.

 

To Commodore Daniel Patterson, USS DELAWARE, 10 Aug 1835:

 

        Master Commandant Silas H. Stringham and Dr. Robert J. Dodd are passengers in CONSTITUTION, the former to take command of JOHN ADAMS, the other to succeed Dr. George Terrill in POTOMAC.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Aug 1835:

 

        Discharge Seaman James Thornton.

 

To Purser John N. Hambleton, USS CONSTITUTION, 12 Aug 1835:

 

        You will receive $10,000 in specie.  Pay officers "customary advance."

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Aug 1835:

 

        Discharge Private James Cahill.  "Inform Mr. Buchanan."

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Aug 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Discharge William McKeever.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Aug 1835 [3rd ltr this date]:

 

        Allow Lieutenant Commandant Ridgeway to take his Clerk, Joseph Hoban, with him as a passenger.

 

To Commodore Charles G. Ridgeley, New York Navy Yard, 13 Aug 1835:

 

        Discharge Seaman Lowdewyk H. Marnitz from CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Aug 1835:

 

        Transfer Private Goodall to Marine Barracks, New York.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Aug 1835:

 

        Discharge minor William Cornish.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Aug 1835 [2nd ltr this date]:

 

        Refers to William Raymond.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Aug 1835:

 

        You may have either Hall or Smith as Professor of Mathematics.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Aug 1835:

 

        Refers to Acting Midshipmen Hixon and You.

 

 To Midshipman James O'Shannessey, New York, NY, 22 Aug 1835:

 

        CONSTITUTION already has sailed.

 

To Commodore William M. Crane, Portsmouth Navy Yard, 28 Nov 1835:

 

        You may punish John Brown (#4), a deserter from CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Feb 1836:

 

        No action appears necessary in the case of the duel between Passed Midshipmen Wood and Barton.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 11 Apr 1836:

 

        Put Joseph Austin Quimby, a minor in CONSTITUTION, on board the first public vessel for the US and discharge.

 

Roll 25 (April 22, 1836 ‑ March 16, 1837)

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Apr 1836:

 

        Enclosed are warrants for Acting Midshipmen Wager and Rogers, to be given to them only when you are sure "their 'Character talents and Qualifications are such as to entitle them...'"

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Jul 1836:

 

        Transfer Passed Midshipman [C. C.] Barton to first public vessel returning to US.

 

To Assistant Surgeon Victor S. Godon, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Sep 1836:

 

        Your request cannot be granted.

 

To Passed Midshipman Montgomery Lewis, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Sep 1836:

 

        Your request cannot be granted.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Oct 1836:

 

        The President wants our Minister to France, Lewis Cass, to visit Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Greece and "the  Islands of the Archipelago" some time "during the next season," and report political and commercial conditions.  Use CONSTITUTION and "such part of your Squadron, as may be necessary" to do so.  "Extra expenses" to be defrayed by Cass.

 

To Purser Henry Etting, 8 Oct 1836:

 

        "In asking to be relieved from duty in the Constitution I did not consider you in [sic] fault."

 

Roll 26 (March 16 ‑ December 12, 1837)

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Mar 1837:

 

        In a letter of last October, "....you have informed me of your conditional acceptance of two Swords from his Highness Mehemit Ali the one intended for yourself and the other for your 1st Lieutenant, with the condition that the government of your own country should be satisfied with your accepting them.

        "The general order of the Department of the 21st of June 1834 prohibits all officers of the Navy from accepting under any circumstances, presents of any kind whatever from any King Prince or foreign State..."  Your acceptance is not sanctioned.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliot, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Jun 1837:

 

        Passed Midshipman William T. Muse may be allowed leave in Europe at the end of the cruise if he can be spared.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 12 Aug 1837:

 

        Leave authorization at cruise end for Dr. George Clymer.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Nov 1837:

 

        "If the crew of the Frigate Constitution have consented to continue in service until the autumn of 1838, as in your letter of 16th Janry last to the department you expressed your belief they would do, you may remain in command of the Mediterranean Squadron until that time.  Should they object to re‑enter, as the term of service of the quarter part of them will expire in January next, and to avoid the expense of sending those of them to the United States who may be then entitled to their discharge, I request that you will leave appropriate instructions with the Senior U. S. Naval Officer in the Mediterranean,  and that taking on board such of the men as may be so entitled to their discharges as also the Invalids and the midshipmen who may be entitled to examination the ensuing Spring, you will return to the U. States in the Frigate Constitution and enter the harbour of Norfolk."

 

Roll 27 (December 12, 1837 ‑ October 3, 1838)

 

To Assistant Surgeon D. C. McLeod, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 Aug 1838:

 

        It is not expedient to convene a special board for your examination.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 16 Aug 1838:

 

        On 3 August I ordered that part of CONSTITUTION's crew with less than 12 months service remaining to be paid off; now pay off the rest.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Aug 1838:

 

        Does Thomas Payne rate pay as a Gunner's Yeoman?

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Norfolk, VA, 18 Aug 1838:

 

        Forwards charges made by Lieutenant Charles G. Hunter, dated 30 April 1837, for explanation.

 

To Purser John N. Hambleton, Norfolk, VA, 21 Aug 1838:

 

        Refers to Seaman Charles Jones in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 28 Aug 1838:

 

        Forwards letter from "certain officers" of CONSTITUTION for explanation.

 

To Commander William Boerum, Middletown, CT, 1 Sep 1838:

 

        Refers to Thomas Payne and question of whether or not he was a Gunner's Yeoman.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 5 Sep 1838:

 

        "Your letter of the 1st inst. in reply to a call from the Department for information with respect to the disturbance, if not mutiny, on board the Frigate Constitution while in Hampton Roads, has been received and it is the opinion of the Department that circumstances, so materially effecting [sic] the credit and discipline of the service, should have been communicated as early as  practicable."

 

To Captain John Gallagher, Wilmington, DE, 5 Sep 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION; unlikely to be required.

 

To Passed Midshipman Lafayette Maynard, Richmond, VA, 5 Sep 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

Roll 28 (October 3, 1838 ‑ May 24, 1839)

 

To Acting Carpenter Henry P. Leslie, Norfolk, VA, 9 Oct 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant T. D. Shaw, Philadelphia, PA, 10 Oct 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman George R. Gray, Newark, DE, 12 Oct 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Frederick Chatard, Baltimore, MD, 18 Oct 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser Nathaniel Wilson, Boston, MA, 31 Oct 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Assistant Surgeon Samuel Jackson, Philadelphia, PA 8 Nov 1838:

 

        CONSTITUTION "not yet" in commission.

 

To Lieutenant James H. Rowan, New York, NY, 10 Nov 1838:

 

        You are noted for orders to CONSTITUTION, "soon to be officered for the Mediterranean Station."

 

To Lieutenant Henry A. Steele, Newcastle, DE, 13 Nov 1838:

 

        In answer to inquiries about the re‑entry of part of the crew of the JOHN ADAMS for the CONSTITUTION, Lieutenant Ringgold reports he was ordered to do that with any who chose to volunteer, "with the privilege of a week on Shore, and a doubloon each."  Ringgold said it was his understanding that they would be discharged when CONSTITUTION ended her cruise.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 15 Nov 1838:

 

        "I request that you will point out to the Department the order of Government which directs Commanders of Squadrons or Ships to import Jack Asses or any other animals."

 

To Passed Midshipman Thomas M. Brasher, Brooklyn, NY, 21 Nov 1838:

 

        A Passed Midshipman "much older" than you has been selected as Master for CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Charles G. Hunter, Bordentown, NJ, 23 Nov 1838:

 

        Acknowledges his request that Commodore Elliott be brought to trial.

 

To Midshipman John S. Maury, Boston, MA, 23 Nov 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain William C. Bolton, Philadelphia, PA, 24 Nov 1838:

 

        Your letter recommending Chaplain Stewart for CONSTITUTION acknowledged.  "As it is probably that the destination will be changed you need not proceed to join that Ship until further orders."  If changed, will try to keep Stewart with you.

 

To Lieutenant Francis B. Ellison, Brooklyn, NY, 24 Nov 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION; be advised it is uncertain that the ship will return to the Mediterranean.

 

To Lieutenant William H. Kennon, Norwood, VA, 24 Nov 1838:

 

        You are noted for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Assistant Surgeon George Maulsby, Philadelphia, PA, 27 Nov 1838:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles C. Barton, Philadelphia, PA, 3 Dec 1838:

 

        Your letter concerning your difficulty with Commodore Elliott has been received and filed for consideration.

 

To Chaplain Peter G. Clark, Washington, DC, 6 December 1838:

 

        You may be absent from CONSTITUTION for 1 month from this date.  [Transferred to BRANDYWINE at end of leave,]

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 December 1838:

 

        Did you have a collection of "antiques and other objects of curiosity procured by Govr Cass in Egypt, Syria &c" brought here in CONSTITUTION in your Naval Store?  What disposition has been made?

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Baltimore, MD, 31 December 1838:

 

        Since our meeting last Saturday, it has been decided to order a Captain rather than a Commander to command CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 2 January 1839:

 

        Directives have been sent this day to the Navy Yards at Boston, New York, and Philadelphia to send drafts of men to you.  CONSTITUTION and MACEDONIAN have priority.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Washington, DC, 3 Jan 1839:

 

        Understanding that you have lost your gold medal awarded for service in the War of 1812, you may have the Mint strike you another at your expense.  One only is to be struck and delivered to you.

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Baltimore, MD, 5 January 1839:

 

        Sorry, but Lieutenant A. B. Pinkham is unavailable.  Please name 2 or 3 others who would please you as CONSTITUTION's 1st Lieutenant.

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Baltimore, MD, 11 Jan 1839:

 

        Would Lieutenant John E. Prentiss do as CONSTITUTION's 1st Lieutenant?  Those you named in your 8 January letter are more junior than is desirable.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 16 Jan 1839:

 

        Do you have enough musicians for CONSTITUTION and MACEDONIAN?  MACEDONIAN has priority.

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Baltimore, MD, 19 Jan 1839:

 

        Lieutenant E. W. Carpender was ordered as 1st Lieutenant of CONSTITUTION on 16 January; Purser McKean Buchanan ordered on the 18th.

 

To Commander E. A. F. Vallette, Philadelphia, PA, 19 Jan 1839:

 

        Your desire or orders to the flagship of the Pacific Squadron is acknowledged.  Captain Daniel Turner has been ordered to command CONSTITUTION, the flagship.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 25 Jan 1839:

 

        As you are short of men, give WARREN priority over CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman Francis S. Haggerty, Philadelphia, PA, 6 February 1839:

 

        You may not remain in Philadelphia; report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser James Brooks, USS VANDALIA, 7 February 1839

 

        Sorry, another Purser has been ordered to replace [Purser Henry] Etting in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser McKean Buchanan, Philadelphia, PA, 8 February 1839:

 

        You may not have your son in CONSTITUTION as a 1st Class Boy.

 

To Passed Midshipman Francis S. Haggerty, Philadelphia, PA, 9 February 1839:

 

        Your 2nd letter is insubordinate and will be followed by "serious consequences."

 

To Lieutenant R. A. Jones, Baltimore, MD, 15 February 1839:

 

        You may not be excused from serving in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Baltimore, MD, 19 February 1839:

 

        If Lieutenant Jones can supply a Surgeon's certificate as to his poor health he will, of course, be excused.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 February 1839:

 

        Transfer all men and officers of CONSTITUTION from the receiving ship to her.  Hasten her preparation.

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Baltimore, MD, 21 February 1839:

 

        Join CONSTITUTION without delay and expedite her sailing.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 21 February 1839:

 

        "...you are not now on trial..."

 

To Captain Daniel Turner, Newport, RI, 25 February 1839;

 

        Report to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore John Downes, Boston Navy Yard, 1 March 1839:

 

        Send all possible able seamen from the receiving ship COLUMBUS to CONSTITUTION at Norfolk.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Washington, DC, 2 Mar 1839:

 

        The Court of Inquiry you request will be convened as soon as possible.

 

To Captain Alexander Claxton, Norfolk, VA, 7 Mar 1839:

 

        With reference to your letter of the 2nd, Captain Turner has been ordered to join immediately.

 

To Lieutenant R. A. Jones, Baltimore, MD, 8 Mar 1839:

 

        As your replacement already has reported to CONSTITUTION, you may not now have such orders.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles C. Barton, Philadelphia, PA, 13 March 1839:

 

        Commodore Elliott will have a Court of Inquiry.  Your paper will be included.

 

To Surgeon Thomas J. Boyd, New York, NY, 14 Mar 1839:

 

        You will have an opportunity to testify about Passed Midshipman Barton's charges at Commodore Elliott's Court of Inquiry.

 

To Captain Daniel Turner, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 Mar 1839:

 

        I am satisfied with your explanation of the misunderstanding between you and Commodore Claxton over when you should have reported.

 

To Passed Midshipman Charles C. Barton, Philadelphia, PA, 27 Mar 1839:

 

        You may not publish anything concerning Commodore Elliott as a court of inquiry has been ordered.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 28 Mar 1839:

 

        Is there anyone there who can testify re: CONSTITUTION's condition when she returned from the Mediterranean?

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Mar 1839:

 

        Approves of what he is doing in ship, being proper "whether peace or war may ensue."

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Apr 1839:

 

        Permission granted to cruise "on the coast" for 8 days, then put in to New York to await further orders.

 

To Midshipman Benjamin B. F. Hunter, Washington, DC, 4 Apr 1839:

 

        You may delay proceeding to CONSTITUTION until next Wednesday.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Philadelphia, PA, 22 Apr 1839:

 

        The inquiry will be limited to "your command of the Mediterranean Squadron and of the Constitution while in Hampton Roads," nothing else.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 May 1839:

 

        Commodore Ridgeley has been directed to provide you with 4 seamen and 20 apprentices.  These, with your extra complement of ordinary seamen, will allow you to sail when such orders are issued.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 May  1839:

 

        Refers to Seaman Francis Davidson in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commander William Boerum, Philadelphia, PA, 7 May 1839:

 

        The Department considers Commodore Elliott as having been the captain of the Constitution during her late cruise.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 May 1839:

 

        Refers to a Maurice O'Neil in CONSTITUTION, husband of "B. O'Neil."

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 8 May 1839:

 

        How long will it take to complete caulking CONSTITUTION?  Be prepared to receive Mr. Powhatan Ellis, US Minister to Mexico, with secretary, and deliver them to Vera Cruz.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 May 1839:

 

        You are appointed to relieve Commodore Henry E. Ballard in command of the Pacific Squadron.  As soon as your flagship is ready, proceed to Valparaiso and make contact with the squadron.  Your command need not visit north of Panama or south of Valparaiso unless events so dictate.  You are there to protect American lives and commerce, not to get involved in local disputes.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 17 May 1839:

 

        Why wasn't CONSTITUTION caulked after she left drydock?  No caulking done "since...October."

 

Roll 29 (May 24 ‑ September 30, 1839)

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 25 May 1839:

 

        Midshipman Martin Duralde prevented by sickness from going in CONSTITUTION.  Is he now fit for duty?

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Philadelphia, PA, 27 May 1839:

 

        "The shipping articles containing the re‑shipment of the crew of the Constitution while under your command in the Mediterranean, are not on the files [sic] of this Department or of the 4th Auditor's Office, they are probably in the possession of the 1st Lieutenant or purser of the ship at that time."

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 May 1839:

 

        You may appoint Passed Midshipman Haggerty to discharge the duties of a Professor of Mathematics, but he may not be paid as such.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Philadelphia, PA, 28 Jun 1839:

 

        CONSTITUTION's muster rolls, which you requested, were mislaid or destroyed by the 4th Auditor's Office, considered useless once all had been paid off.  The general roll of the entire cruise is on file and will be sent to you.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 30 Aug 1839:

 

        Forwards a letter to Lieutenant Kennon approving his return to the US due to the death of his father‑in‑law and "delicate health" of his wife.

 

To Midshipman William C. B. S. Porter, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Sep 1839:

 

        Encloses a letter from Colonel FitzGerald, British Consul at Port Mahon, reporting that Porter has yet to make good on a loan of $120.  The Department is mortified.  Your conduct was dishonorable.  If you don't make restitution promptly "the consequences to you will be very unpleasant."  Commodore Claxton has been informed.

 

Roll 30 (October 1, 1839 ‑ April 10, 1840)

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Oct 1839:

 

    Your report of 27 August received that the ship is on the Brazilian coast within 3 days of Rio with all in good health.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 10 Oct 1939;

 

        Colonel Carnes has requested a copy of his midshipman son's letter of resignation written during your command in the Mediterranean.  Any objections to providing it to him?

 

To Commodore Charles G. Ridgely, New York Navy Yard, 1 Nov 1839:

 

        The men sent home from CONSTITUTION [at Rio] were: Seaman Leverett Kimberly, Gunner Ludovic Cooper, Jr., Ordinary Seaman Joseph Hoffman, Ordinary Seaman William C. Graham, Seaman Michael Lynch, Ordinary Seaman James Patterson, Ordinary Seaman Antonio Gandolphe, and Ordinary Seaman Charles Brown.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Nov 1839:

 

        Your 26 August report of arrival at Rio received.  Glad to learn of general good conduct; warn "the young gentlemen...of the consequences of a perseverance in the course of conduct which has brought on them the displeasure of their commander."

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Nov 1839:

 

        Your appointment of Passed Midshipman L. C. Sartori as Acting Professor of Mathematics noted.  A Professor will be sent out in the December Storeship to Valparaiso.

 

To Professor Joseph T. Huston, Bristol, ME, 7 Nov 1839:

 

        Report to New York for transport in December for duty in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 4 Dec 1839:

 

        As a matter of courtesy, not right, you will be provided with a copy of the finding of the court of inquiry in your case, and, in due time, with a copy of the charges and specifications based on it.  Your objections to Judge Advocate Read are unfounded and rejected.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Mar 1840:

 

        Furnishing LEXINGTON with Midshipmen from CONSTITUTION approved.

 

To Commodore Lewis Warrington, Norfolk Navy Yard, 6 Apr 1840:

 

        "The choice of staterooms and sleeping berths [in a 1st class frigate] shall be in the following order: The four senior lieutenants, according to their rank, the Master, Purser and Surgeon, the other Lieutenants to the number allowed the Ship by the regulations according to their rank, the captain and Lieutenant of Marine [sic] then Chaplain and Secretaries..."

 

To Commodore Jacob Jones, Baltimore, MD, 9 Apr 1840:

 

        Appointed president of court martial board in the case of Commodore Jesse D. Elliott.  Board members: Captains Warrington, Crane, Downs, Renshaw, Charles W. Morgan, Conner, Sloat, and Storer; John M. Read, Judge Advocate.  To convene on 1st Monday in May at Philadelphia Navy Yard.

 

To Commodore Jesse D. Elliott, Carlisle, PA, 10 Apr 1940:

 

        Forwards charges and specifications, and provides start date of court martial.  He is to consider himself under open arrest.

 

Roll 31 (April 11 ‑ October 19, 1840)

 

General Order, 29 May 1840:

 

        No corporal punishment to be inflicted without a signed, written order setting forth offense(s) and specific punishment.  All corporal punishment to be logged and a quarterly report forwarded to he Secretary.  Furthermore, henceforth shipping papers are to be pre‑printed with the pertinent enlistment law(s) thereon which is to be read to the enlistee prior to signing the papers.

 

To Captain Jesse D. Elliott, 6 Jul 1840;

 

        You have been found guilty of charges 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8 [of 13].  You are sentenced to four years suspension without pay, of which the President has remitted the first 2 years pay.

 

 Roll 32 (October 19, 1840 ‑ June 23, 1841)

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 25 Nov 1840:

 

        YORKTOWN and DALE being sent to join you.

 

To Commodore Alexander Claxton, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Jan 1841:

 

        Your letter #34 of 3 Sept received.  Happy to learn that small pox is gone in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Daniel Turner, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jun 1841:

 

        Your letter of 13 March announcing the death and funeral of Commodore Claxton has been received.

 

To Commodore John Downes, Boston Navy Yard, 9 Jun 1841:

 

        Refers to Seaman Moses Barry, invalided home in whaling barque OCTAVIA (New Bedford,MA).

 

Roll 33 (June 23, 1841 ‑ January 25, 1842)

 

To Captain Daniel Turner, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Jul 1841:

 

        You may take CONSTITUTION to Boston on your return.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 4 Nov 1841:

 

        Pay off crew of CONSTITUTION except invalids requiring hospital treatment.  Furlough the officers.  Transfer the Marine Guard to Marine Barracks, Norfolk.

 

To Captain Daniel Turner, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Nov 1841:

 

        Mentions John R. Pritchard in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 9 Nov 1841:

 

        Reiterates 4 Nov 1841 letter.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 23 Nov 1841:

 

        Give CONSTITUTION's apprentices leave with orders to report to the nearest receiving ship upon expiration.

 

Roll 34 (January 26 ‑ July 8, 1842)

 

To Commodore Charles Stewart, New York, NY, 4 Feb 1842:

 

        "It is desirable in employing a 'Home Squadron,' of which you have been appointed to the command, tha6 the Government may have at all times a portion of our Naval force in a state of readiness and discipline to meet any extraordinary emergency that may arise, and calling for the prompt application of this force, to protect our rights and commerce, and to enforce the laws in respect to Piracy of whatever kind it may be.  For these purposes a vigilant supervision and inspection, of the vessels and commanders, under your orders, will be essential.

        "A rigid enforcement of the laws for the preservation of discipline will be necessary, as also a wholesome restraint, of the disposition, generally, among the officers, for a leave of absence, and frequent visiting of the shore, in order to check any propensity which may appear among them to be out of the ship, and freed from the proper restrictions which they are subject to by discipline.

        "The force will also be relied upon for the purpose of supplying any detachment which may be found requisite an emergency, to relieve a vessel on any other station, which may require it, when it cannot be done, in sufficient time from the dock yards.

        "It is expected that the Home Squadron will constitute a recipient and school for the employment in actual service, of such supernumerary officers, seamen and apprentices, as may be collected from time to time in the several Receiving vessels.--  The proper instructions will be given to the Commandants of the different stations, to hold subject to your orders, such persons as you may deem proper and convenient to attach to the vessels under  your Command, either to fill up vacancies, or as supernumeraries, provided that they may not have been assigned to any other destination.

        "You will give instructions to the Commanders under your orders, to accord aid and assistance and relief, to any of our own vessels, or those of other nations in amity with us, which they may meet with, in need of such aid and relief -- and when t he Squadron is united on a cruise, you will see that this object is accomplished as far as may be in your power.

        "On all proper occasions you will require the Commanders of the several vessels, to afford every facility to the young officers, to enable them to acquire a knowledge of the Coast, and the dangers with which it abounds.-- An acquaintance with the soundings, the current &c will be essential to  them as future navigators.--  A frequent exercise of the arms, the sails, and in manovering [sic], will be important for the instruction and add to the expertness of the men.--  Occasional practice of the armament with target firing will contribute much to schooling the eye of the gunners, and accustom them to the action of cannon, as it will occur in time of battle.

        "The great desire of he President to see the discipline, harmony, subordination and efficiency, of this national arm of defence [sic] restored, that the glory of its former achievements may at no future time be tarnished, induces him to urge on you, the exercise of all the patriotism and energy, which may be essential to this important end, and to assure you that there will be no support withheld by him, or this Department, which may be proper for its accomplishment.

        "Should violations of the laws, as of the discipline occur in your Squadron, you will enforce the regulations by bringing to Court Martial as directed by existing laws and regulations, such offenders, as may be guilty for the purpose of wholesome example; and all such proceedings and sentences, as you may approve of, you will cause to be carried into effect subject of course to the approval of the President, in such cases as require it, under the laws of the service.    He expects, notwithstanding, that you will give to all such proceedings a proper examination, and transmit with them to this Department, such remarks and observations as may appear to you, the[y] deserve.

        "A rigid policy and preparation of the comforts of cleanliness, throughout the ships, will, it is not doubted, receive, through humanity alone, your particular attention, and draw from you to the department to which the property belongs, such order and instructions, as will most effectually secure the blessings of health to those on board.

        "As regards the cruising ground to be assigned to the Home Squadron, it is deemed proper to limit the range within the latitudes of the Grand Banks of New Foundland [sic] and that of the 15h north of the Equator, embracing the longitudes of the Western and Madeira Islands.--  These limits will be sufficient range; as it is desirable, that occasional returns to the waters of the United States, for supplies and for communications with the Department may take place.--  Should it be found, hereafter, from practical experience, necessary to extend these limits, it will be a subject for future orders.--  For the present, however, any greater ranges will be confined to temporary detachments for the purpose of recognizance along the Coast of Africa, which will only be the case under special orders of the Department.

        "After all the instructions are given for the conduct of the Fleet or Squadron, must be very general in their terms, and much must be left to the discretion of the Commander[.]  In the exercise of this discretion, which at all times, constitutes an important portion of his duty, we have the fullest confidence, that whenever it becomes necessary, your aim and intention will be laudable.--  Where this is invariably the case, even errors of judgment may be excused.

        "You will cause the regular quarterly returns of muster rolls of such vessels to be made to the department [sic] by the different Pursers, approved by their Commanders.

        "The Board of Navy Commissioners will notify you of the various depots of provisions and coal, where you can resort to, for the purpose of replenishing any essential supplies.

        "You will advise the Department, whenever good opportunity offers, of the condition of the Squadron, and your general proceedings; and communicate any information you may acquire and deem essential for the Government to possess.

        "During your service in the Home Squadron, many imperfections will undoubtedly be exhibited in the ease of signals, now in use; or perhaps an entire new system of signals may suggest itself, embracing more simplicity, greater facility, to their display, and less liability to their misconstruction--  In either case, the Navy will receive with satisfaction any improvements, therein calculated, for its benefit.

        "Accompanying this you will find for your information, copies of all the laws, rules and regulations, and circulars which have been transmitted from the Department to the Commanders of the several vessels in  your Squadron, which are deemed important for them to carry into effect, and to which you will add such others conforming to the usage and practice of the sea service as you shall think necessary.

        "I also forward to you the acts of Congress in relation to piracy and the slave trade, and also special instructions relating thereto.

        "In case of Court Martial, persons officiating as Judge Advocates, are entitled to receive ten dollars per diem, and ten dollars for every fifteen pages of the record of the proceedings, allowing one hundred and eighty words to the page, provided they do not belong to the Navy.--  officers [sic] of the Marine Corps attached to vessels as sea service and acting as Judge Advocates are entitled to one half of the above allowances.

        "Before proceeding to sea, you will cause complete muster rolls of all the vessels attached to your Squadron, to be transmitted to the Department.

        "With best wishes for a successful cruise and a happy return to your friends…"

 

To Commodore Charles Stewart, New York, NY, 4 Feb 1842 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        "The objects for which the operations of the squadron under  you command have been extended to the Coast of Africa are the protection of the lawful commerce of the United States from interception in that quarter, and the suppression of the Slave Trade now carried on on that Coast to a great extent under the American Flag, although it is believed, not by American citizens, on ships the property of Americans.

        "You will use every precaution in approaching the Slave Coast, to avoid giving alarm, and on arriving there your first course should be to acquire the information necessary to the accomplishment of your objects.  For this purpose, you will communicate with the Governor of the settlement of Liberia and agent for recaptured Africans, with the authorities of Sierra Leone and with the commanders of British cruisers employed in pursuits similar to your own, and with whom a friendly cooperation cannot be but highly serviceable in detecting the frauds resorted to in order to escape detection and punishment.

        "Vessels employed in the Slave Trade generally enter some one of the rivers as harbors on the Coast where they have reason to believe slaves may be purchased, deposit at the Factory all those articles which would serve to detect the nature of their enterprise, such as Hand Cuffs, water casks, slave deck &c -- after which they proceed to sea, as to some other port, until the requisite number of Slaves can be collected by the Factors or Slave merchants --  When these are ready, a favorable opportunity is iseized to take them on board at once, and proceed to sea without delay.

        "The utmost vigilance is  required to detect them with slaves on board, but you are not to consider yourself as restricted from seizing any vessel under American Colors on strong grounds of suspicion alone.  If she is fund with an unnecessary number of water casks, with manacles on board obviously morethan is required or used in ordinary merchantmen, or prepared in such a manner as would answer no other purpose than to carry slaves, you will be justified in seizing and sending her home for adjudication, although she may not have a single slave on board.

        "The Department is apprised that many vessels employed in this traffic, equally in violation of the law of their Country and the obligations of humanity, are built in the United States and sold at Havannah, where they are fitted out for the Coast of Africa..--  Every species of fraud, perjury and forgery is resorted to in order to evade detection, if boarded by cruisers, and you will take every pains by inquiry of the Governor of Liberia as well as of the Commander of the British Cruisers on the Coast, to make yourself acquainted with the means resorted to by Slavers to evade the punishment they so justly merit.

        "In the performance of these duties great care must be taken to avoid molesting or interfering with the lawful commerce of citizens of theUnited States, or subjects of any other power.  While you employ the utmost vigilance and watchful care to intercept all vessels under the American Flag, engaged in, or fitting for engaging in the traffic for slaves, you will studiously abstain from interfering with those to whom no reasonable suspicion attaches; strictly governing yourself by the laws for the suppression of the trade, which you will find in the collection herewith transmitted, and by the Treaties existing between the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal.

        "The nature of the service will require great discretion in subserving the interests of humanity and executing the laws of your Country, without at the same time giving just causes of complaint to your own fellow citizens, as to the subjects of other nations engaged in commerce, neither in violation of their ownlaws, nor of the rights of the nations of Africa."

 

To Captain Edward R. Shubrick, Charleston, SC, 4 Mar 1842:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to command CONSTITUTION.

 

To Purser John N. Hambleton, St. Michaels, MD, 7 Apr 1842:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Acting Midshipman Nathaniel T. West, USS GRAMPUS, 15 Apr 1842:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.  Denied.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS COLUMBIA, 27 Apr 1842:

 

        As COLUMBIA is to be sent to the Mediterranean, and as Captain Shubrick is desirous of going to that station, he can take COLUMBIA and you CONSTITUTION, if you both agree.

 

To Captain Edward R. Shubrick, Charleston, SC, 27 Apr 1842:

 

        As COLUMBIA is to be sent to the Mediterranean, and as Captain Parker does not wish to go, you and he may exchange commands if you both agree.

 

To Lieutenant Hunter Davidson, Prospect Hill, VA, 28 Apr 1842:

 

        You may delay reporting to CONSTITUTION until 7 May.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS COLUMBIA, 9 May 1842:

 

        CONSTITUTION is to replace COLUMBIA in the Home Squadron "and be ready for any service..."

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS COLUMBIA, 19 May 1842:

 

        I can transfer Purser Thornton to CONSTITUTION only if Purser [John A.] Bates is willing to leave CONSTITUTION.  [Bates did by 1 June.]

 

To Lieutenant Charles Thomas, USS COLUMBIA, 24 May 1842:

 

        CONSTITUTION already has all her lieutenants, but you may try for an exchange with one of them.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS COLUMBIA, 25 May 1842:

 

        You may remain in COLUMBIA until Captain Shubrick arrives or not, as you wish.  Master's Mate George G. Decker has been transferred to CONSTITUTION from COLUMBIA, but I will not transfer the Gunner, Carpenter, and Sailmaker.  Midshipman Hare has been ordered to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., New York, NY, 28 May 1842:

 

        CONSTITUTION has her complement of midshipmen.  No more will be transferred.

 

To Commodore Charles Stewart, Home Squadron, 6 Jun 1842:

 

        CONSTITUTION has been attached to your command in place of COLUMBIA.  Captain Parker has been ordered to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Passed Midshipman John S. Neville, New York, NY, 7 Jun 1842:

 

        Your request for transfer from CONSTITUTION is denied.

 

To Acting Midshipman Wingate Pillsbury, USS COLUMBIA, 10 Jun 1842:

 

        You and Midshipman Hare of CONSTITUTION may not exchange.

 

To Captain Edward R. Shubrick, USS COLUMBIA, 11 Jun 1842:

 

        Midshipman Hare of CONSTITUTION will be allowed to exchange with your young gentleman.

 

To Captain Edward R. Shubrick, USS COLUMBIA, 15 Jun 1842:

 

        Lieutenants Thomas and Cutting may exchange their places between COLUMBIA and CONSTITUTION.  Midshipman Wilkinson of CONSTITUTION mentioned.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 Jun 1842:

 

        When apprentices are selected for CONSTITUTION, include John V. Davis, E. J. A. Bausch, John J. Lott, two named Craven, and one named McCready.

 

To Acting Midshipman Edward C. Genet, USS WARREN, 18 Jun 1842:

 

        The complement of CONSTITUTION has been completed.

 

To Midshipman W. T. Burwell, USS PENNSYLVANIA, 22 Jun 1842:

 

        Your orders to CONSTITUTION will not be changed.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 27 Jun 1842:

 

        "When you make up the crew of the Constitution," include apprentices James H. Caldwell, John W. Caldwell, and William W. Heper, all now in PENNSYLVANIA.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 29 Jun 1842:

 

        Include Apprentice Charles F. Ballew, in PENNSYLVANIA, in draft for CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 1 Jul 1842:

 

        You will regard the men lately transferred from LEVANT to CONSTITUTION as subject to general service and use them as necessary.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 1 Jul 1842:

 

        The Marine Guard of LEVANT, now in CONSTITUTION, has, except for the Drummer and Fifer, insufficient time left.  Transfer them to the Marine Barracks, Gosport.

 

To Midshipman John Stuart, Brooklyn, NY, 5 Jul 1842:

 

        You may delay reporting to CONSTITUTION until one week from today.

 

To Midshipman J. H. Madison, Norfolk, VA, 6 Jul 1842:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.  Denied.

 

To Midshipman Edward Barrett, Naval Hospital, Norfolk, VA, 7 Jul 1842:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.  Denied.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 8 Jul 1842:

 

        If you can do so discreetly, transfer Apprentice C. T. Bullen [C. F. Ballew?] to CONSTITUTION.

 

Roll 35 (July 8 ‑ December 8, 1842)

 

To Midshipman D. C. Hugemin, USS CONSTITUTION, 29 Jul 1842:

 

        Your request for orders to COLUMBUS denied.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 4 Aug 1842:

 

        Discharge Henry B. Foote now in CONSTITUTION.

 

Circular letter, 13 August 1842:

 

        One boy is to be assigned for each 2 guns, and 18 apprentices assigned to each frigate.  If short of boys, additional apprentices may be substituted.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 16 Aug 1842:

 

        Discharge David Patton now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 27 Aug 1842:

 

        Transfer Apprentice Alexander Thompson from PENNSYLVANIA to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edward B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 31 Aug 1842:

 

        Deliver this set of the Army and Navy Chronicle to CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant George Mason Hooe, Fredericksburg, VA, 2 Sep 1842:

 

        Explain why you failed to report to CONSTITUTION per your 19 May orders.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 2 Sep 1842:

 

        You may authorize Professor Joseph T. Huston of CONSTITUTION a month's leave.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Sep 1842:

 

        Mentions Seaman Thomas Farmer in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 6 Sep 1842:

 

        Complete CONSTITUTION's crew as soon as possible.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 6 Sep 1842 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        Discharge Apprentice George McCafferty now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 6 Sep 1842 [3rd ltr of this date]:

 

        Transfer Apprentice John F. Johnston to CONSTITUTION if there is room for him.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Sep 1842:

 

        You may give 2/c Boy John Lanagan a month's leave if you think it proper.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 8 Sep 1842:

 

        Use as many of MACEDONIAN's crew as necessary to man CONSTITUTION.

 

To Carpenter J. A. Dickason, Charlestown, MA, 9 Sep 1842:

 

        There is already a Carpenter in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 14 Sep 1842:

 

        Mention "lad" Charles Parker in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant George M. Hooe, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 Sep 1842:

 

        Your explanation is satisfactory.

 

To Purser McKean Buchanan, New York, NY, 16 Sep 1842:

 

        The 4th Auditor reports adjusting your books from CONSTITUTION and SHARK.  You owe the US $18,522.68.

 

To Passed Midshipman James W. Ripley, USS OHIO, 16 Sep 1842:

 

        Acknowledges request for orders to CONSTITUTION.  Denied.

 

To Commodore William B. Shubrick, Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 Sep 1842:

 

        Discharge Landsman Thomas Farmer now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Acting Midshipman James A. Somerville, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Sep 1842:

 

        Your leave extension is approved.

 

 To Commodore Charles Stewart, Home Squadron, 21 Sep 1842:

 

        CONSTITUTION will be ready for sea "in a few days."

 

To Lieutenant George M. Hooe, Fredericksburg, VA, 22 Sep 1842:

 

        Your leave extension is approved.  [Serious illness in family.]

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 24 Sep 1842:

 

        Mentions William Reynolds in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 24 Sep 1842 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        Discharge "lad" Samuel Rogers now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 26 Sep 1842:

 

        Discharge Apprentice Abraham Rosenthall now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant Charles Thomas, USS CONSTITUTION, 28 Sep 1842:

 

        CONSTITUTION is expected to go to sea in less than a month.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 3 Oct 1842:

 

        Discharge Landsman William Reynolds now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Oct 1842:

 

        Acting Boatswain Colson mentioned in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 5 Oct 1842:

 

        Mentions Seaman James Cary now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Lieutenant William T. Muse, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Oct 1842:

 

        Mentions present duty in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Oct 1842:

 

        Notifies him that Lieutenant Muse's leave has been extended to 20 October.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Oct 1842 [2nd ltr of this date]:

 

        No advances of pay allowed to your officers.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 7 Oct 1842:

 

        Discharge Landsman William Ford now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Charles Stewart, Home Squadron, 11 Oct 1842:

 

        Assistant Surgeon Conway was ordered to CONSTITUTION on the 30th.

 

To Commodore Charles Stewart, Home Squadron, 11 Oct 1842 [2nd ltr of this date]

 

        "It may be necessary for your guidance, in assigning duties to the Several ships of the Home Squadron, to apprise you of the following arrangement.

        "The cruising ground of the Squadron will extend to the river Amazon, which is the northern limit of the cruising ground of the Brazil Squadron.  It will also embrace the Caribbean Sea [sic] & Gulf of Mexico.  In Short, it takes the place of the West India Squadron, which is withdrawn, with the extension of the limits above mentioned.  I suggest that the duties to windward may be performed by the larger vessles & those of Gulf and Caribbean Sea, by the Smaller."

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 13 Oct 1842:

 

        Transfer to CONSTITUTION Drummer James Metcalf.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr., USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Oct 1842:

 

        "Lad" George A. Hoyle mentioned now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 14 Oct 1842:

 

        Discharge Ordinary Seaman William Miller #1 and Apprentice Henry Neale, both now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy, Norfolk, VA, 17 Oct 1842:

 

        Discharge Landsman George W. Henderson now in CONSTITUTION.

 

To Captain Foxall A. Parker, Sr. USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Oct 1842: