Fort St. Stevens November 8th, 1804
from the Solicitations & perswaisions of many Respectable Friends and activated by an earnest Zeal fro the Wellfair of the United States of America, and Especially that part in which I live, And strickly adhearing to the advice of those whose Concell I respect, I am induced to write to you this letter. This morning a number of Gentlemen Waited on me with a Petition (The one to you enclosed) which was drawn up with out my Knolidge, They earnestley Requested that I should acquise in what they had done. Among those Gentlemen wear Coll. John Collir presiding Justice of our county court, and Chief Justice of the Orphans court, John McGrew Esqr, Ranson Harwell Esqr. James Caller Esqr. &, Member to the house of Representatives, Thomas Bassetts Esqr, Jesse Womack Esqr.—Capt. William McGrew & John F McGrew a member of the Legislative Comnee of the Mississipipi Territory—In order to Gratify the wishes of those people I have consented to serve them as Requested in thire petition if it meets your approbation, from a stranger (as I am to you) some Explinations might be necesary, I perfectly Recollect you, though perhaps you do not recollect me, I was Introducd to you by a Mr Grart of Abamarle who maried a near Rilation of mine, I saw you several times while I lived at Doctor Gilmers near the Town of Charlottesville, as to my political principles time will discover This much I can say, I anxiously Solicited that happy period, when you ascended the presidential Chair, and have warmly and Zealously supported your Administration, (with my feeble efforts) ever since. But it is diferent indeed, in three days to p[. . .] Kind which in part was the only Reason I never solicited an appointment, and the sufferages of the [. . .] alone has inclined me to come forward in the p[. . .] instance.
I am with grate Esteem your servant friend and well wisher.
R. H. Gilmer
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.