From Aron S. Barton
Jay 17 Novr 1809
Dire necesity Obliges me to request of you the Loan of three thowsand Dollars to inable me to [prosecute] a Cotton factory, which I had previusly intended to [Rear] Beliveing You to be the patron of institutions I make this application to you Cofidently Believeing you and your friends will Contriburt this Small Sum to My Necesity and Greatly Oblige Dear Sir your Friend—Beliveing this to be a Singular request from a young man 28 years Old in the State of Massachusetts Dept of Mane in the Solitary Town of Jay & County of Oxford—What ever Dear Sir you May think Do not expose my Name for I put my Trust in God Believeing through his Assistance (with frugality and industry) I Shall arive in peace to that County from which no Traviller returns
Aron S. Barton
RC (MHi); two words illegible; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Late President of the USA”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Dec. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.