Albany January 25th. 1805.
Some time last spring while the Legislature of this state were in session, I received a letter from a friend of mine (Genl Thomas a member of Congress,) informing he had mentioned me to you as a proper person to be appointed a Commissioner under the treaty with Spain—I shewed his letter to Judge Spencer, Chief Justice Lewis (now Gov) and Judge Tredwell who forwarded a letter recommendatory to you on the subject—As respects the first Application it was without my solicitation, yet must confess the appointment would not only be agreeable, but highly Acceptable, as I have some pecuniary business in Europe which Ultimately may call me to France—As to my qualifications other than having a knowledge of the French and a smattering of the Spanish Language, Messrs. Thomas, Lyon or Olin can inform,— In Addressing you, being a stranger, it may not be improper to mention, that at present I hold a seat in the Senate of this State, and also on the Bench of Common pleas.—
I am respected Sir, your most Obedient, and most humbl Servt
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.