§ From Thomas B. Eyre1
19 December 1812, Philadelphia. Requests “with much diffidence” that JM consider him “When deciding on the Builders of National Vessels.” “For Character, for Capability, for Execution, for dispatch I would refer you, if necessary to the Collector of the port of delaware, Allen Mclane Esqr. Thomas Newbold Member of Congress, or Merchants of Philadelphia.”
RC (DNA: RG 45, Misc. Letters Received, filed at 7 Feb. 1813). 1 p.
1. Thomas B. Eyre (d. 1845) was presumably a member of the Philadelphia Eyre family, all of whom were merchants and shipbuilders and prominent in local Republican party politics (see Scharf and Westcott, History of Philadelphia, 3:2217; PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. description ends 26 : 344).