Merrimack, N H, September, 17th. 1816.
The office of Consul at the port of Palermo on the Island of Sicily, having become vacant in consequence of the death of Mr. Gibbs, our Consul there, I respectfully ask of the President that office.
I do not consider it necessary to furnish additional testimonials of my character & fitness for public employment, beleiving that what has been said in my favour, by the Honourable Messrs. Adams, Gray, and Seaver, of Massachusetts, and our worthy Governor Plumer, is sufficient. I am personally known to the Honble. Secretary of the Navy, the Honble. Richard Cutts, and, Adjudant and Inspector General of the Army. Should the President be pleased to give me this or any other appointment suited to my talents, industry, and commercial knowledge, I shall be very grateful. I have the honor to be, with great Respect, Your very humble Servant
Hendrick W Gordon
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.