Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Bryan, 13 October 1807

Philadelphia Octobr. 13th. 1807


It not having been the will of the President to appoint me Collector of this port, may I presume upon his friendly patronage in the instance of the vacancy in the Office of Post-Master General or any other which promotion in subordinate Post Masters may occasion—

I have dedicated all my time and talents to the public service & long habit has unfitted me for private business. I studied law with the Attorney General Wm. Bradford, Esqr. deceased, but never practised, so that public Offices have become my avocation, and I am now in the decline of life, with four Children to support & educate, without having had it in my power to make a pecuniary provision for them, owing to the number of poor relatives thrown on my benevolence for support, & my public spirit, which induced me to expend largely at every important Election in the printing and diffusion of political Pamphlets, Hand Bills &ca.—I imbibed from my Father an ardent attachment to the republican Cause and I now feel I have too far sacrificed individual interests & comforts to the public good—I have about 3500 acres of back lands which are yet unproductive & unsaleable and in this consists all my property—

I will not intrude any further on the valuable time of the President, but submit my pretensions to his pre-eminent wisdom & patriotism—

I have the honor to be With high consideration the Presidents most obedt. servant

Saml. Bryan

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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