From Thomas Claxton
Capitol, January 21, 1802
If, in your judgement, I should appear to be as well qualified to take the charge of the Congressional Library, as any other person who might be willing to accept of that appointment—and if there should be no infringment of the constitution, by my holding the Station which I now possess, as well as the other,—I should be happy to be considered as a candidate for that office—Having the honor of being known by you, Sir, and not wishing to trouble the gentlemen in Congress for a recommendation, I have taken the liberty of making my application in a manner which I suppose is not usual on such occasions—
I have the honor to be, Sir, With the greatest respect Your Hble Svt
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.
Station which i now possess, as well as the other: see Vol. 33:153n.