From Fulwar Skipwith, 8 August 1802
Paris 8th. August 1802.
Mr. Dobell lately appointed by the President, to the Commercial Agency of Havre, has declined accepting that Office. Mr. John Lyle a native of the State of New-Jersey is desirous of succeeding to it, and not having the advantage of being known to you, has requested of us to offer you the informations which a long acquaintance with him may enable us to afford of his Character and fitness to claim your Patronage on this occasion with the President. We owe it to Mr. Lyle’s merit and Character, then, to declare, Sir, that we have always considered him as one of our best Republicans, an excellent Citizen, a Gentleman of very amiable mind, and as a Merchant, completely calculated to discharge the duties of the Office he now solicits with advantage to the Public, and with satisfaction to you, Should you be induced to favor his Pretensions.