New Haven, Jany 31st, 1801.
Mr. John Punderson Austin, Son of David Austin Esq. the present Collector, wishes me to write to you in his behalf. He has for a number of years done the business in the Office of his Father, <
who> as Collector of this port; &, as appears by a certificate, signed by several of the most respectable merchants of this town, and now lying before me, has done it much to their satisfaction. His character is perfectly fair & amiable, so far as my knowledge extends; & he has, I believe, been bred either wholly, or chiefly, to this business. His Father is near his end, & wishes, if it should be proper, that his son, who is desirous of it also, may succeed him as collector.
I hope I shall not be considered as intruding, when I say, that he has my own favourable opinion, and good wishes for his success.
With the most respectful sentiments I have the honour to subscribe myself, Sir, your most obedient / & very humble servant,
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