Salem, Feby. 6th. 1808
Having been informed that Barthl. Putnam Esqr. has resigned his Office as Surveyor of this District, WE beg leave respectfully to reccommend Mr. George Hodges of this Town, to the President of the UStates; as in all respects qualified to become his Successor.
You will no doubt receive Several Communications for the Appointment to that Office; but we have the utmost Confidence in assuring the President of the UStates, that the Appointment of Mr. Hodges will give more general satisfaction to the Citizens of this District, who are friendly to the Administration, than that of any other gentleman who may become a Candidate ⟨ ⟩ & from the Knowledge we have of his Integrity, & Abilit⟨ies⟩ to discharge the Duties of the Office to the Satisfaction of the Governt. WE will venture to say your Confidence will not be misplaced. With Sents. of Respt. We Remain Yr. Ob. Serv.
Zach A Silsbee
Timothy Willman Jr
George Crowninshield Jnr
John Hathorne Jr.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.