From Moses Brown
Providence 7th 10th Mo. 1793
As the Office of Attorney to the United States is Vacant in this state by the Death of Wm Chaning Esquire I take the freedom to Recommend David Howell Esquire to the President, as a Person Quallified and Suitable for that Office. His Attention & Faithfulness in his Business I have never heard Called in Question and his superior Abilities are Generaly Acknoledged,1 and as there are Three of Our Attorneys Members of Congress I know of none who will be Likely to give So General Sattisfaction. With Desires for thy Prosperity & Hapiness I conclude thy friend
ALS, DLC:GW; ADf, RHi. Moses Brown (1738–1836) was a textile manufacturer and abolitionist who had served in the Rhode Island legislature before the Revolution.
1. From this point on, the draft reads: “and I beleive the Appointment of him Will give More general Satisfaction than Any Other Attorney in the state who is not a Member of Congress, Bradford, Bourn & Foster being all Low Characters.” Attornies Theodore Foster and William Bradford were Rhode Island’s senators, and Benjamin Bourne was a representative in Congress.