City Washington Feby 9. 1809
From my [. . .]ng your humane and hospitable disposition—I hope your Honour will Excuse my taking the freedom of this petition.
Sir I have ben Sick in this place for two months & am now got able to work, and In my Sickness have Spent all my money
[. . .] Shoe maker by trade [. . .]n to get my living in an [. . .] way
[. . .] most honestly beg and pray [from] your Lord Ship the loan of Ten Dollars for to purchase a Set of tools to go to work which as Soon as I have Earnt as much it Shall be Returnd
from your most Sincere and obedient Humble Servent
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.