Philad Octo 18. 1808
Having this day purchased the Brig North Star, with the sole view of placing her in the regular Trade between this port & new Orleans, I have made application through Genl Steel, Collector, & which will no doubt be laid before you, for permission to sail the North Star as a regular Trader between this Port & New Orleans, in like manner as I am now permitted to sail my other vessels in the same Trade. In addition Permit me to lay before your Excellency the Enclosed, duplicate, the Original being lodged in our Custom House, Certificate from Governor Claiborne authorising Benjamin Morgan Esqr. to Import into New Orleans from hence two thousand barrels flour through my Agency. On this I will beg leave to add the small proportion of Three hundred barrels only has been shipped & that I am desirous to send a part, say 200, or 400, barrels by the North Star—I pray Sir you will be pleased to return me the Certificate Mail.
I am Sir with the highest Consideration, Your Excellencys Most Obedt & Most Hbe Serv
[Note on address sheet in Albert Gallatin’s hand:]
The President directs that permission be granted in conformity with the writer’s request; of which be pleased to inform him.
The collector of Philadelphia
The usual restriction of ⅛th to be as far as practicable, adhered to in shipping the flour.
DNA: RG 36--Records of the United States Customs Service.