Custom House District of Providence 26th Septr 1796.
The Office of District Judge for Rhode Island, being Vacant by the Death of Judge Merchant—I feel a Confidence in Addressing you on the Subject of a Suitable Person to Succeed to that Office—and take the Liberty of recommending Benjamin Brown Esqr., of this Town, Attorney at Law, as a Gentleman possessing all the requisits to discharge, with honor and impartiallity the important duties thereof, He is Deservedly esteemed by all Classes of his Fellow Citizens as a Gentleman of Fair Character and Deportment in life—possessing very distinguished Tallents in the Line of his Profession, Mr Brown’s Feaderal Principles and unshaken attachment to Peace, order, and good Government, are so firmly Established and known to you Sir, as to render Any thing my feeble pen can Suggest on that Subject—unnecessary—I shall therefore only assure you that I am authorised to say should you be pleased to Confer the Honorable appointment on him it will be Acceptable, and afford General Satisfaction to the Citizens of this State. I have the Honor to be very respectfully Sir Your most Obed. Hum. Sert