New York June 25h. 1816
A recommendation having been handed to me for my signature, in favour of appointing Mr. Samuel Denton a Consul or Commercial agent to some post in France, & in case of a vacancy, particularly at Bordeaux, I have signed the recommendation with great pleasure having been personally acquainted with Mr. Denton for upwards of Twenty years, & know him to be a friend to the liberties of his country, a Merchant of good reputation, and I believe both a moral & an honest man.
Mr. Denton retired from Mercantile pursuits with a very respectable property acquired by his industrys. He is acquainted with the French Language and I trust, fully competent to discharge the duties of the office solicited, with credit to himself, & honor to his Country. I am very respectfully your Obt. Servant
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.