From Rufus King
Jamaica Long Island May 2 1814
Mr. William R. Foster, son of a reputable Gentleman who is my near neighbour, and for whom, and for whose Family I take a particular Interest, is desirous to serve in the Navy. I have reason to think favorably of Mr. W. R. Foster’s Reputation; and can have no doubt, should he enter into the navy, that he will serve with credit to himself, and advantage of the Public.1
I have abstained from recommending Persons for public Employment; and the intercourse of good neighbourhood, will I hope be my apology for disregarding this Reserve in the present instance. With great Consideration I have the Honor to be Sir yr. obed. & very Humb. Servt.
RC (NcU: Southern Historical Collection, Maurice Family Papers).
1. William Foster had received an appointment as midshipman on 1 Feb. 1814. He was promoted to lieutenant on 28 Apr. 1826 and cashiered on 28 Dec. 1827 (Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy, description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900 (New York, 1901). description ends 202).