Dated 5’ April 1816
We the undersigned do earnestly recommend the appointment of Col. Samuel Hawkins to the Office of Commissioner under the Act of the Congress of the United States Entitled "an act To Authorize the payment for property lost, captured or destroyed by the enemy, while in the Service of the United States and for other purposes"
His legal experience and knowledge united with his military intelligence must eminently qualify him for the place in question.
Abm. H Schenck and fifteen others
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.