Lexington 20h. October 1804.
Understanding that the Offices of Collector & Surveyor of the Port of New Orleans are vacant, and that Mr John Clay of that City is desirous of filling one of them, we beg leave to recommend him as a person properly qualified to discharge the duties attached to them. Previous to the year 1800 Mr Clay resided in this place, where he was engaged in the Mercantile business. In that year he removed to New Orleans and has lived chiefly there since. From Mr Clay’s capacity, integrity and acquaintance with the people of the place (whose general esteem we have learnt he possesses) we presume his pretensions in this application are well founded. Should he meet with success it will afford us much pleasure.
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DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.