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To Thomas Jefferson from William Findley, 27 February 1806

Feby 27—1806

Sir

About two weeks after you had made enquiry at me whether I thought Mr Shrader would be disirous to be appointed at Detroit I wrote to him in Answer to a Letter from him, requesting to be informed of his Wish and hinted at the Same time that a few lines to me in french for your perusal might be of use in consequence of this I have received the enclosed. He further informs me that being disposed to go to the Western Country he will thankfully accept of Such appointment as the president thinks convenient. I had mentioned that Detroite was perhaps the only object in view, I knew his first wish was Louisiana and his Next Indiana but will accept of any; perhaps he has explained himself in the inclosed which I cannot read, I am Sir

Your Obedient Servant

Wm Findley

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

Enclosure

a Somerset, Pennsylvanie,
le 19me Fevrier, 1806.

Monsieur,

Lors que j’etois dans la Capitalle cet hiver, J’informai Monsieur Findley de mon intention de m’etablir dans la Louisiane ou dans quelque autre des pays nouvellement ouverts, et je le priai de me procurer l’honneur de vous etre presentè. Mon caractère etant connu a Monsieur Findley, j’espéroit que s’il y avoit quelque place vacante, je pourrois me flatter de sa recommandation. Il y a quelques jours que j’ai reçu une de des lettres, dans laquelle il me mande, que vous aviez eu la bontè de vous informer de moi, et la place de Juge au Detroit etant vacante, il dèsirois savoir mon intention sur ce sujet. Je lui ecris par cette poste, et j’ai l’honneur de vous assurer, Monsieur, qu’en cas que je recois un appointement, je ne croirai pouvoir mieux temoigner ma reconnaissance, qu’en dechargant les fonctions avec ponctualité et fidelitè.

J’ai l’honneur d’etre avec le plus profond respect Monsieur Votre tres humble et tres obeissant Serviteur

Otho Shrader

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