November 22nd. 1804.
To the President of the United States—
We the Subscribers Merchants &c. of the City of New Orleans, well knowing the integrity & abilities of Mr. Andrew Porter Junior. Acting as Inspector & Surveyer of the Port of New Orleans & having Witnessed his faithfull discharge of the duties of his Office for a long time past. Recommend him as a Person proper to be appointed Inspector & Surveyor of the Port of New Orleans.
and 36 other signatures
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.