DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
JANUARY 21, 1814.
THE President directs, that in future you issue no commissions
to private armed vessels, unless they have a complement of at
least twenty officers and men, and an armament in proportion
to that number of persons: Nor even then, without the construction,
equipment, and preparation of the vessel, shall manifestly indicate
the properties and design of a cruiser. He directs, moreover,
that you immediately revoke all commissions heretofore issued
by you to those of less effective force. In cases of application
hereafter for commissions for vessels of this inferior class,
you are to report the same to this department, with a statement
of all the circumstances within your knowledge, that may lead
to a probable estimate of the real objects of such small cruisers.
I remain, Sir,
Your most ob't. serv't.
(Signed) J. Monroe
To the Collector of the customs,