From Robert Snelson
New York Decr. 22nd. 1802
Since my Request to you of 20th. Ulto.—have Observed in the Gazett of this place three Mercantile houses that ar in Want of a Cleark, but my beeing here a Stranger & not having no Letters to recommend me only prevents my getting a birth here If your address to Mr D Ludlow in my favour could be obtained so fare as your Knowledge of me Serves while doeing Business for Ro. Rives & Co Milton, thares not a doubt of my not getting Business Pardon me for troubling you in the maner to drop a line to me now in New York by as Early post as your Survilities think fit which Will Ever be acknowledged By your Most obedient & Houble Srvt.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at head of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Dec. and so recorded in SJL.