Philad Octo 26. 1807
In a Letter this day received from my Kinsman Joseph Delaplaine of Cincinnati I am solicited to add my Name in his behalf in a Petition he makes to your Excellency for the Appointment of himself to be Register of the Land office for the District of Cincinnati
Was there a petition in favor of Mr Delaplaine within my reach I certainly would sign it with much pleasure. beleiving him in every respect capable. but in this mode of application I most assuredly feel great reluctance. it is taking a liberty I feel I have no right to take—but Mr. D. tells me he means his petition to state that he is a native of this place. & the Executive may expect recommendations from hence in his behalf—Thus I am led to this trespass—
Mr Delaplaine is a Native of this City—of spotless reputation & good talents & I beleive him to be a good American & free from Intrigues—
Thus while I apologize I must beg my Name such as it is may be considered as added to the Petitions he may cause to be presented—
I am with great respect Your Excellency Most Obed Serv
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.