Philada. May 19th. 1806
I hope you will excuse the liberty I have taken in writing you, not having the honour; of a personal acquaintance, I have Sir been engaged these Sixteen Years in the Mercantile line, but Trade, in this city, has been so languid for this two Years, as not to be competent, to the support of my family, as such, I thought it advisable to abandon it;
You have been so polite as to give my Brother Levett Harris, an appointment, as Consul at the Court of St. Petersburgh, and am much pleased to hear his Conduct has met with your approbation; If your excellency, would have the goodness to give me any appointment in this City, however trifling the emolument it would be extreemly acceptable, possiessing a large family, I am not in a situation, nor have I, the inclination to live in the world inactive, (Dr. Leib) I have had the pleasure of being intimately acquainted with him for upwards of Twenty Years, any Letters from him I can forward to you fully sensible that he can inform you. I am worthy of Your attention,
I am Sir with the highest Esteem & respect Your most Hum Servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.