13th. Decr. 1804
Mr. John Clay of the City of New Orleans is desirous of being appointed Surveyor and Inspector of that port—we beg leave to state that Mr. Clay is a young Gentleman of respectable connections—was born in Virginia—raised in Kentucky—bread a Merchant—did business as such for several years in Lexington Kentucky—has spent nearly two years in Spain & France—but for the four last years has resided at New Orleans & has been doing business as a commission Merchant.—Mr. Clay is Esteemed by all who know him to be a ready & correct Accomptant—an honest man—of unimpeached integrity & in all things qualified to fill the Offices which he now solicits—to which solicitation we chearfully subscribe—& request you will be so good as to make known this our Joint request to the President—
We remain with sentiments of high respect—
Sir yr. Obt. Servts.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.