From Thomas Blount
Tarborough 22d. July 1803
It has occurred to me that, in consequence of the existing War between Great Britain & France, the President of the U. States may think it proper to appoint a few Commercial Agents or Consuls to reside on some of the West-India Islands—And in case he shall determine to place one on the Island of Guadaloupe, I beg leave to recommend, as a Gentleman worthy of confidence & well qualified by his Knowledge of Commerce to discharge the duties of such an appointment, Mr Benjamin Blackledge,1 a native of this State of highly respectable family connexions and sound Republican principles, who now is & for some years past has been an Inhabitant of that Island—where, I am informed & have reason to believe, he has honorably transacted considerable Mercantile Business. I have Known him intimately from his Infancy, and can truly say that I regard him as an honest man & consider him incapable of abusing any Trust that may be reposed in him. I am, very Respectfully, Yo. mo. Obt.