From John Hoskins Stone
Port Tobacco [Md.] June 15th 1789.
I cannot help feeling a degree of pain when I reflect on the trouble I am about to give you by addressing this letter to you, at a period when you must have so many of a similar nature; presuming however that you will excuse me, I beg leave to say that if in making your arrangements in appointing officers to collect the Revenue of the United States in Maryland there shou’d be no person offer who will answer that purpose better and who has not better founded claims to public favor, I shall not only be very thankful for any Such appointment, but Shall have the business executed with honor, intergrity & exactness—with every Sentiment of respect and attachment, I have the honor to be Yr Excellency’s mo. Obt Sert
John Hoskins Stone (1750–1804) was a native of Charles County, Md., but by 1781 he was living in Annapolis although he continued to own property in Port Tobacco. During the Revolution Stone rose from the rank of captain to colonel. From 1779 to 1785 and from 1791 to 1792 Stone served on the Maryland executive council and from 1794 to 1797 was governor of the state. He did not receive a customs appointment.