January 1, 1806
The president of the united states
This is to let your Honour know my Situation in life. I spent six years of my youth in the service of our contry. Since then Sir I have endeavoured to get an Honest living. I have a wife and seven Children, and Had only two Horses and have met with the misfortune of losing one of them. I have Sir been striving to fix my business so as to go to new contries as I find it imposible for me to support my Family. Here I now Sir make one request of you and that is Sir if you woud be so kind as to help me to a little money as circumstances Requires it. Sir I am your Humble servent
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.