Richmond Feby 26th 1824
If you have not made any arrangement to fill the Stewardship of the University, it would gratify me, to be appointed to that office; and if it should be carried into operation next winter, I am willing to commence this Spring, in order to prepare the Garden & lots for a supply of vegetables.
In presenting myself to your Notice, for the object in view, it may be proper to give a short account of my self: I am upwards of 40 years of age, have been more than 20 years employed in the education of youth, have had the care of Boarding Schools, several years; and for the last five years, have kept a pretty extensive boarding establishment in this City.—I have a wife and 5 Small children, 8 Servants, 20 Beds and furniture in proportion.
My wish, is to obtain such a situation, as may enable me to render services, sufficient for a liberal support of my family, and the privilege of attending the Lectures of the different Professors, with some liesure to turn them to a profitable purpose: And to enjoy in the mean time, the advantage of educating my children at the most splendid literary institution in the common wealth.
disposed to encourage my application, I will forward recommendations from many Gentlemen.
CSmH: Jefferson File.