From John Daves1
New Bern [North Carolina] July 17, 1792. “I received yours dated June 21st and in obedience thereto have made inquiry for proper Persons to fill the second & third Mates birth of the Revenue Cutter of this State. For the second mates birth I beg leave to recommend James Sandy of this Town, being a sober man a good seamen a good Pilot.… Capt: Cooke2 of the Cutter begs leave to recommend his son William Harrison Cooke, for the third Mates birth.…”
Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at New Bern, National Archives.
1. Daves was collector of customs at New Bern.
2. William Cooke.