Stonington October 1: 1807
May It please your Excellency
We the Undersigned beg Leave to Recommend Mr. Samuel Sheffield the first of Westerly In the County of Washington And State of Rhode Island, as a Suitable person to take Charge as Keeper of the light house Now Erecting On Watch Hill Point In the State of Rhode Island. he is a person of good Character and has a large family to Support and we are fully of Opinion that he will be faithfull to the trust that may be reposed In him; Many of us being Concerned In Navigation, We feel Ourselves deeply Interested in the appointment of a person of the most acknowldgd Industry and Integrity and as such we Recommend him to your Notice, Should your Excellency on this Recommendation think fit to appoint him, It will Confer a Lasting Obligation.
and 38 other signatures
DNA: RG 26—Light House Service.