§ From Fontaine Maury
24 January 1811, Georgetown. Called on JM “this Morning” but found him engaged with Secretary of State Smith. Offers himself as a candidate for the collectorship vacated by the removal of Laurence Muse. Has no testimonials ready; “I presume however that your own knowledge of me may be Sufficient to Judge in that respect.” If documents are needed he can have them in four or five days.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Maury”). 2 pp. Maury wrote a further letter to JM on this subject on 3 Feb. 1811 (ibid.; 1 p.), mentioning that he was obtaining testimonials and concluding that “although I have been unfortunate in Commercial persuits … I am totally Free from any embarrassments arising out of them.”