City of Jersey January 17 1809
I had the Honor of addressing you yesterday Stating generally What had Occurred here, in violations of the Laws of our Country. I learnt yesterday in N York, that notwithstanding a ship had been caught on Saturday night & her Sails taken from her, She on Sunday Night made another attempt in a violent Storm & before She could any Sails Cast She drifted on Shore & is now in possession of the Revenue. She is owned by an Englishman—I asking of you in mine of yesterday the appointment of Messenger I forgot to say that I Would produce to the Collector of New York the most respectable recommendations of my Character & ability & Conduct that or any other business which the government might please to honor me With. I beg your pardon Sir for this additional intrusion but imperious necessity will I am sure appologise to your Eccellency
With Sentiments of perfect Consideration & respect, I have the Honor to be Sir your Ob & Hble Servt
any communications you be made to Me at N York
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.