Congress Hall June 6th 1798—
The Collector of the Port of Philadelphia having declared his intention to Resign that employment—We sue the freedom to bespeak your goodwill for a particular friend Mr Israel Whelen of this City for that Appointment—
We sometimes, in our Advocations of this kind, make <
our> appeals to the Judgment & understanding—sometimes to the benevolent feelings of the Heart—In the present case, with propriety, we venture to appeal to both—
Mr. Whelen has by nature, a Strong, Prompt, and penetrating capacity for business,—and by habit has attain’d a clear, and acute comprehension of Accounts, and facility of Literary communication—Always a Man of Probity and honor, he has acquired great Respectability, an unlimited Mercantile Credit, nor has he sustained thro all his Vicissitude of fortune; one blemish on his native Integrity—
From Moderate [. . .], and Independence of Fortune, he by the imprudence of a Partner in Business, who trusting too implicitly in the justice of the French Government & its Agents is now Reduced to the necessity of embarking again into some new, and perhaps precarious business, for the support of a numerous family—and that too with a narrow circumscribed Capital.
It he should be so fortunate as to obtain this appointment We have not a doubt of his Ability & Integrity to discharge the trust with satisfaction to the Public, and benefit to himself.
Jno W. Kittera
MHi: Adams Papers.