Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Anderson, 2 July 1805

Maryland Somerset County,
Princess Anne. July 2: 1805

Thomas Jefferson President
of the
United States

Altho’ I have not the Honor of an acquaintance with you personally, I am emboldened from my knowledge of your character, to assume the liberty of writing and soliciting your patronage. I am a young man of obsure parentage and without fortune consiquently am compelled to have recourse to your goodness of heart for Succour—I am willing to engage as clerk in any office, or in fact any thing, that I can make a decent support. Should you think me worth attending to you will do a poor young man a singular kindness—Any recommendations you may deem necessary I flatter myself I shall be able to procure—

I have the honor of being your Hble Servt.

John H. Anderson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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