From Samuel Smith
Baltimore 16 March 1793
From the number of vacancies that have lately happened in the Army I am Induc’d to apply for an Ensigncy for Mr Benjamin Anderson a Young robust Farmer of this County of respectable connections & in my Opinion extremely worthy of a Commission[.] Permit me to hope that he will meet your Approbation & that his name will be among the new appointments.1 Mr Anderson thinks, that he will be able to recruit a Number of young Countrymen who want to see the Back Country, I have the honour to be Your Excell. Most Obd: Servant
ALS, DLC:GW. Postal stamps on the cover read “BALT-MAR 17” and “FREE.”
1. Benjamin Anderson of Mine Run Hundred, Baltimore County, did not receive a military appointment, despite his recommendation from Maryland congressman-elect Samuel Smith.