Providence, November 20th. 1807
I hope you will Excuse the Freedom I take in addressing one So high In Power as Your-Self, But i am Resolved never to Go Sneaking to the Lower orders, but openly, to the Principal Himself.
I am a Person who has follow’d The Sea’s for my Bread this Six years. But am now Deprive’d of that Liberty By haveing ben drafted out the Militia For one of this Town’s Quota: I am willing To Do as much for the Country as in me Layeth, but I Do not like to Stay here and Starve. Its Now five months Since I Came Home the times Since then has ben Very dull No Work to be had; And I Neeed not add That those who follow the Sea and have staid Five months at home is mostly out of money,
In Short Sir I Desire you to Give me My Liberty and Permit me to go Whare I Please; and all; I Can Promis in Return Is my Sincere Wishes for your health And Happiness
I am Great Sir Your faith full Servant
MHi: Coolidge Collection.