From Benjamin Stoddert, 1 February 1799
Navy Department 1st Feb. 1799
Mr Henry Seton—son of the late Wm Seton a very respectable man, wants to be made a Lieut in the Navy—a Story was some time ago in circulation, to the disadvantage of this young Gentleman, which I hope was unfounded—will you be so good as to let me know his Character if it be a good one—If otherwise, you need not trouble yourself to answer this letter.
I have the Honor &c
(LC, RG 45, Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, Miscellaneous Letters Sent by the Secretary of the Navy, 1790—1798, National Archives).