New Orleans 1st. September 1804
The enclosed letter will inform you of the death of my affectionate friend H B. Trist, and the petition accompanying this I have taken the liberty to send to you, in the hope that the motive which prompts me to this step, will be considered by you as a sufficient apology for the impropriety of my addressing you.
As I had myself an opportunity of judging the real sentiments of the signers of the representation, I am enabled to say that it expresses no more than their ardent wishes; and it would not become me to say more to you.
I have the honor to be, with the most perfect respect your very obedient servant
Jno. M Gelston
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.