January 11h. 1809.
Having Some time ago [rece]ived a Warrant in the Navey of the [Uni]ted States, and in the year 1801. got [perm]ission to resighn under the Peace, esta[blish]ment, at which time I enter’d the Merchant [. . .] I have bin ever since, but for these [. . .] Eighteen months, which for want of [emp]loyment has obliged me to remain on [. . .] but having a wish to enter the service [agai]n, I have takeing the liberty of addressing you on the Subject, that is Should it meet [. . .] approbation to promote me to the [ran]k of a Lieutenent, I shall be happy [. . .] my Country again—if a recommend[ation] is again required, I am happy to Say that Some of the first Caracters in Charleston [. . .] Step forward to Recommend me, I have w[ritten] to the Secretary (Robert Smith Esqr.) on the subj[ect] but have not received an answer, hooping Soon to have Your determination
I remain Sir Your Obt. Sert.
Joseph P. Prince
Charleston Sot. Carolina
DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.