Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Dent Beall, 20 November 1807

Novemr 20 1807


Having been informed that Col. Brent the present Marshal of the District of Columbia intends soon to resign the Office I am induced to become a Candidate.

The enclosed recommendations are respectfully offered for information of my Character and fitness—many others might be procured, but expecting some personal information from my friends, it is deemed immaterial. I am well known by many reputable characters of the neighbourhood who reside in Maryland & to Whom I can freely refer.

A desire to be useful and to support a young family prompts the present application, and should I succeed it shall be my aim by industry and fidelity to discharge the duties of the office & ever to maintain a greatful recollection of the favour

Very respectfully I am Sir yr Mo. Obt Sevt

Wm D Beall

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

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