Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joshua M. Stokes, 4 July 1819

Petersburg July 4th 1818

Dear Sir

I hope you will pardon me for the liberty I take in addressing you these few lines without having a personal acquaintance. I am at this time a resident of this place where business of every kind seems to be at a stand particularly in the way of my profession being a mechanic by trade a painter & Glazier & having a family to support and not a friend to address I feel very desirous of getting Work to do and Sir seing your name associated in an advertisement with that of the contractor for the Building of the University of Virga near Sharlotesville Va I have thought it proper to offer my services and should their be occation for such Work being done I have to request that you will inform me on receipt of this. having formerly done work in that place as well as Petersburg I can obtain such recommendations as will be Satisfactory

Yours very respectfully

Joshua M Stokes


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