§ From Joseph Ball1 and Others
7 September 1810, Philadelphia. Petitioners believe that trade between the U.S. and Brazil is increasing and that the U.S. should therefore appoint a commercial agent at Rio de Janeiro. They recommend John Andrews of Philadelphia for the position.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Andrews”). 1 p. Signed by Ball and ten others. JM also received a letter on behalf of Andrews from John Mason, 14 Sept. 1810 (2 pp.), and a petition from Baltimore, signed by George Stiles and seventeen others, 20 Sept. 1810 (1 p.) (ibid.).
1. Joseph Ball (1748–1821) was a prominent Philadelphia merchant and one of the founders of the Insurance Company of North America in 1792. He had served as president of the company in 1798–99 (Pa. Mag. Hist. and Biog., 6 : 76).