Washington May 4th. 1816
As circumstances rendered it necessary for you to appoint Mr. Hayner Accountant of the War Department, I hope and trust some other vacancy will accur which you may deem proper to confer on me.
My devotion to the interest of my Country during the many years I was in her service very much strengthens my claim to her patronage.
I do not choose to follow the example set by most applicants of dilating my pretensions; for if they require to be state⟨d⟩ they are so unimportant as also to require embellishment. I have the honor to be with high consideration Your most Obt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.