Baltimore 21st October 1804
It is With diffidence that I again Resume the liberty of Soliciting a favor that Will Necessaryly be confered on Some One. It is the Collector Ship of the Port of N. Orleans, Which shd. I be fortunate enough to Obtain, Will Never be disgraced through My Conduct, & shd. my application meet your friendly approbation, Will immediately Wait on you With such Credentials as I have No doubt Will be Satisfactory, I Sincerly Regret the death of Mr. Triest, Well Knowing the distress that his Mother & Family must experience & With Whom I had the pleasure of some Acquaintanse When here, On their Way to Orleans & shd. it be their Wish to Return, Shall be Welcome to a passage, gratis in a Vessell that I am about to send to that Port—
I am With due Respect, Sir Your Mo. Obt. Servt—
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.