|Sir,||Department of State Decr 22. 1796.|
Judge Livermore & Mr Langdon have just handed me the inclosed petition, which is signed by the most respectable merchants in Portsmouth, recommending (and those Senators from their own knowledge concur in the recommendation) Nicholas Rousselet, & praying that he may be appointed Consul of the United States for the Colony of Essequebo & Demarara. This Dutch Colony is now in possession of the English. The Dutch language only is in use. Mr Rousselet is a Dutchman but resided many years in Portsmouth, where he married into a respectable family. I am most respectfully Sir your obt servant
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.