From Thomas Cooper
Carlisle Sept. 3. 1813
The trustees of the College here, can afford to purchase but the one half of my time. It is an object of consequence with me to employ the rest beneficially for my family. Can you give me the collection of a district for the assessed taxes of which Cumberland County is a part? This did not occur to me when I wrote to you last,1 but as I promised nothing more than a mere testimonial, I find myself under no obligations to renounce the present application. The inclosed letter has tempted me to apply to you.2 If you can with propriety comply with this request, it is well: if not, it will not prevent my remaining as usual with much respect Dear sir Your friend and servant
RC and enclosure (DLC). Cover of enclosure docketed by JM, “Alex. J. Dallas.” For enclosure, see n. 2.
2. Cooper enclosed a letter to him from Alexander James Dallas, 1 Sept. 1813 (1 p.), promising to support Cooper’s application for office within the new internal revenue system, recommending that Cooper submit his request directly to JM rather than “resorting to the Heads of Departments, or any collateral influence,” and assuring Cooper that JM had spoken of him to Dallas “in the handsomest terms of respect and good will.”