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.