Philadelphia April 11th: 1805.
Mr; Clement Penrose has, I understand, been recommended to your Excellency as a fit person to be appointed Register, under the Act of Congress “For ascertaining and adjusting the titles & claims to Lands within the territory of Orleans and the district of Louisiana”. Although, I have not had the pleasure of a very intimate acquaintance with Mr; Penrose, yet, from his character & talents, his knowledge of the French and German languages, I presume he is competent to discharge the duties of the Office. I have therefore taken the Liberty to recommend him to your Excellency for the appointment.
I have the honour to be with great respect Your Mt. Ob St,
J. B. M;Kean
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.