From Gustavus Brown Wallace
Fredericksburg [Va.] March 28th 1789
As there will be a change in the naval office department in this State, <under> the new goverment I wish to inform your Excellency, I stand as a Candidate for the port of Rappahannock, hoping if no person more deserving offers to meet with your Excellencies approbation. I have the honor to be Your Excellence’s most obedient And Very Humble Servant
Gustavus Brown Wallace
Gustavus Brown Wallace (1751–1802) served in various Virginia regiments during the Revolution and retired in 1783 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and of the Masonic Lodge in Fredericksburg.