From J. P. G. Muhlenberg
Philadelphia Octobr. 14th. 1802.
I am this morning honor’d with your favor of the 10th. inst.—and take the earliest Opportunity to acknowledge it—& to assure The President, that I shall with great pleasure endeavour to obtain a birth for Mr. B. agreeably to his wishes—Men of such a Character, as Mr. B. is stated to bear, are rarely found, & deserve encouragement I could imediately put him into a place of $600. Pr. Ann. in which he would have leisure to attend to other business, until he can be better provided for, which I have reason to believe can be done with propriety during the Winter—
I have the Honor to be with great Respect & sincere Attachment Your Most Obedt
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “The President of The U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Oct. and so recorded in SJL but as a letter of 12 Oct.