Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Mitchell, 5 August 1808

Augt. 5—1808.


When I had the Honor of seeing you at Washington I took the Liberty to request your nominating me for such vacancey as Might offer either at home or abroad, in lieu of that which I oficiated at in Havre.—Being this day informed of the Death of Mr. John Shea the Collector for the Port of Philadelpa. I beg leave to solicit Your appointing Me to that office—flattering My self that it will meet the general Approbation of the Merchants of this City Who I have grown up in the habit of intimacey with. to solicit a place of so much Consiquence and without Accompanying it with some recomendation may appear presumtious;—as yet I have not spoken on the subject to My friends; but, feel Confident that, I can procure that of Govr. McKean—and many of the Most respectable Merchants among the true Republicans—to Mr. Smith Secretary of the Navy & his family I have been long Known—and flatter My self that on enquirey My Character and political sentiments will be found such as is deserving and such as I hope may induce you to confer that Appointment on Me, and I beg leave to Assure you that I am with the greatest respect & Esteem Sir,

Your Mo: Obd Servt.

John Mitchell

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

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