§ To James Akin
9 May 1805, Department of State. “The recommendations, under which you were formerly engaged in this Department, not being found on the files, I regret that I have it not in my power to comply with your request [not found] to have them or copies.”1
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 1 p.
1. Engraver James Akin (ca. 1773–1846) had been a clerk in the State Department under Timothy Pickering in Philadelphia. At this time he was living in Newburyport, Massachusetts (Maureen O’Brien Quimby, “The Political Art of James Aikin,” Winterthur Portfolio 7 , 60, 62, 65).