SAMUEL SMITH was a Revolutionary War hero, wounded seriously while defending Fort Mifflin [for which he was awarded a sword by Congress], suffering the hardships of Valley Forge, and participating in several other battles. In the War of 1812, Smith was a major general, commanding the defenses of Baltimore and Fort McHenry. He later served as U.S. Congressman, Senator, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate and Baltimore mayor.
One page, 8 ¼ x 10, November 18, 1820, Capitol Hill [Washington], sending to unknown recipients – “Dear Sirs” -- in the text of the letter the beginning of a draft of a bill objecting to the rapid increase in allocations for the Navy.
“...On the 16 April 1816, an act passed appropriating for the gradual increase of the Navy...one million for eight years...This appears to me that this is unnecessary at this time of extreme difficulty to progress so fast as we have done and that it would be wise for Congress to divide the remaining three million into six years. This would be a relief to the treasury of half a million...I will submit the bill to the committee...The House would probably accept it. The difficulty would be with Senate...I am of the opinion that the annual expenditure of the Navy may and ought to be nearer half a million at least. I should wish the concurrence of the Admin[istration]...”
A couple of edge tears. Toning, folds.
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