Philad Sepr 30th 1807
an ardent desire so far as is within the compass of my abilities, to Conduce to the prosperity of the United States, as administered, by the present Executive, I hope will excuse the freedom, taken in addressing you on the present occasion. as the death of Genl Peter Mughlenburg, has left this port without a collector, & understanding that Genl John Steel is an applicant, with great deferance I beg leave to Recommend him to fill that vacancy, living upon the spot. I have had an opportunity of having several persons proposed as Genl Mughlenburgs Successor & am happy to assert that none would give more general Satisfaction than G. J Steel, a man of the most unimpeachable Character of extensive information & Active abilities. he may be properly called a Revolutionary Character having entered the army in 1776 & Continued in it till the termination of the war in 83 these are facts I am bold to [. . .] his political enemies can not contradict, Mr Steels labours under a great disadvantage in not being honored with a personal acquaintance with your Excellency this much I have taken the liberty of Saying in Commendation of a meritorious Character, Resting perfectly Satisfied as the Result, with Sentiment of High Respect I am
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DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.