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Collection Reference Number GLC00496.195
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1816 
Title Endorsement securing naval commission
Date 17 December 1816
Author Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document; Military document
Content Description Initial letter was written by Francis Taliaferro Brooke, a judge on the Virginia Supreme Court to Monroe as Secretary of State requesting a recommendation for a naval position for Dr. Benjamin D. Russel. Brooke said Russel's health was damaged during his work as a surgeon of militia in the War of 1812 and that he was ordered to breathe sea air to recover it. Asks Monroe to oblige this experiment. On verso over address, Monroe endorses the request to the Secretary of the Navy. initialed "JM" after his endorsement.
Subjects President  Office Seeker  Navy  Health and Medical  War of 1812  Military History  
People Brooke, Francis Taliaferro (1763-1851)  Monroe, James (1758-1831)  Russel, Benjamin D. (fl. 1814)  
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics; Naval & Maritime; Health & Medicine; War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Brooke was a Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals (later reorganized as the Virginia Supreme Court).
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859