Library of Congress.
April 9th. 1807.
To the President
of the United States.
Mr. Beckley’s death having made vacant the place of the Librarian to Congress, I presume to apply for it; and I do so with the greater confidence of propriety, from a hope that the information I necessarily have acquired of the affairs of the Library, in consequence of my attendance as the deputy of the late Librarian, added to a professional education, may be considered as some proof of my capability: and the knowledge that my pursuits would enable me to pay that constant personal attention, which owing to the circumstances of the Library, might be expected of scarcely any other person applying, and capable of performing the duties attached to it.
I will hereafter, if it be necessary, take the liberty to transmit such testimony, as may enable an opinion to be formed of the correctness of my character, and justify my application.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.