Gibson Port. M. T. Oct. 20th. 1815
In obedience to the wishes of a number of my constituents, I beg leave to transmit you the inclosed. Mr. Rankin is a young gentleman of talents, and is generally well esteemed. In addition to the subscribers to the inclosed paper, some of the first characters in the territory are, as I am informed & believe, desirous that the application in favor of Mr. R. may succeed. I am, Sir, most respectfully, your Obt. Servant
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.