"May it please your excellency,
W Joseph Gaterskill of ___ will wait on your excellency to sollicit a passport from Dover to London for Captain Howes Swain of Nantucket safely arrived from Calais.
We beg leave to represent Capt Swain to be a native and citizen of the United States of America.
With the greatest respect
we are yr. excellency's
most obed. ____
Thos Dickason __
Novem 21 1797"
Not sure how this Howes Swain relates to my line, but found this passport application from 1797 and thought it was cool. According to what people have entered into familysearch.org a search for a Howes Swain brings up this individual: