From Mann Page
Mannsfield July 21. 1803.
The Cession of Louisiana having now taken place, & my Views leading me to a new Country where by Industry & Vigilance I may at the same Time serve my Country & aid my Fortunes, I beg leave to state that should any Situation arise wherein my sincere Exertions to serve the United States might avail, I offer myself a Candidate trusting to the Report of my Friends as a Passport. Should an event of such a Nature occur, any Communication from you will be thankfully recieved by
Sir yr. mst obdt. hbl. Servt.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 29 July and “for office in Louisiana” and so recorded in SJL.