Philadelphia 13th. May 1816
Mr. Joseph Ray a Citizen of this City is desirous of obtaining the appointment of Consul at Pernambuco. I have on enquiry found him a Man of good character & I trust will discharge that duty with honor & integrity to the United States, should you think proper to give him the preference. With sentiments of high esteem I am Your obt. Hble Servt.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.