Bath County of Lincoln District of Maine
January 11th 1806—
May it please Your Excellency
We the Subscribers inhabitants of the said County, inform that on the preceding night, Dudley B. Hobart Esqr Collector of the Customs for the Port of Bath departed this life—We are impressed deeply with the loss the Port has sustained in the Death of so worthy a member of Society—whose knowledge of the Laws relative to his office—whose politeness & suavity of manners endeared him to his acquaintance & commanded the respect of all People The business of his Office as Collector of the Port of Bath now devolves upon his Deputy John Bernard Swanton—A Gentelman in whom the last Collector placed all confidence, with whom we are intimately acquainted—Whose talents, correct political sentiments ardent & potent exertions in support of the doings of the present administration of the government of the United States have endeared him to all true Rebullicans This Gentleman, We beg leave to recommend to your Excellency as a Person every way qualified to be the Successor of Mr Hobart in the Office of Collector for the Port of Bath—Wishing You, Sir, the approbation of all Your Constituents which Your Conduct hath so amply merited We subscribe our selves Your obedient & humble Servants
Fra s : Winter
and 21 other signatures
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.