From William Buckner, Jr.
Kentucky Scott Cty Septr 24th 1803
If Congress ratifise the Treaty with France respecting the Louisiany Country it will I suppose be necessary to appoint Surveyors to lay the Country off in such a manner as Congress in their wisdom shall think proper my acquaintance with the members of Congress is not sufficient to expect a recommendation I therefore solisit the appointment of Surveyor in this new Country and if you have not confidence enough in me to appoint me Surveyor Gen’l I woud accept that of a deputy in either case I woud endeavour not to disgrase the appointment I am Sir with much esteem your Friend & Hb’l Serv’t
Wm Buckner Junr
formerly of Orange Cty Virginia now of Scott Cty Kentucky
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Oct. and “to be a surveyor of Louisiana” and so recorded in SJL.