LS dated 26 December 1829. To Asa Curtis from Charles Mayo, aboard USS Delaware, asking Curtis to recommend him for the berth of Gunner's Yeoman.
Indulging a hope that I may profess some
small share of your good wishes, I am emboldened to
ask a favour at your hands.
Having been situated in your store room
during the cruise I have been able to acquire a
complete knowledge of the duty of Gunner's Yeoman
and as I shall probably soon ship again for the
service, I shall fall under an infinite obligation
to you, sir, for a recommendation for that berth,
should you consider me worthy of it.
Begging you to pardon the freedom I have
taken in thus intruding upon you.
Y[ou]r mo[st] ob[edient] servant
December 26th 1829
Mr Asa Curtis
U.S. Ship Delaware