323 Pearl St
New york 9th June 1806
May it please your Excellency
Emboldened by a recent example, in the person of Mr. Emmett from Dublin, I presume to address you, on a similar Subject, namely to be admitted to practise as an Attorney of this State, which I do with Confidence, when I reflect on the Country where I reside and the Character of the Man I have the honor to write to.—
Compelled by the Circumstances of the times to leave Ireland and take an Assylum here, and as I suppose to for ever bid adieu to that unfortunate Island, I landed in this City with my Wife and 4 Children in July last, and was scarce settled, when obliged, by The Fever to fly from it.
As soon as recovered from the embarassment I was thus exposed to I endeavoured to follow my profession, but found that certain Rules must be complied with which will bar my practising for Years, and preclude me in the interim, from the only hope of procuring subsistance for my Family.
To paint my distress would be unnecessary to you.—You will feel it—to urge its aleviation would be to insult these feelings.
May the Omnipotent Being still continue to Pour down his choicest blessings on You and your worthy Family.
Impressed with Sentiments of the highest consideration & profound respect, I beg leave to subscribe myself your Excellencies most humble Servant
ViW: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.