From Richard Shepard
Philada May 24th 1794
I am a native of No. Carolina bred to the Sea and wish the appointment of Lieutenant on board one of the Frigates to be fitted out by the United States, I understand that the Members of Congress from North Carolina have recommended me to the Secretary of war, If your Excellency appoints me as Lieutenant I shall do every thing in my power to merit your approbation. with the highest respect I am Sir your most Obedt Servt
ALS, DLC:GW. No evidence has been found to indicate that Richard Shepard (c.1771-1796) received a naval appointment.