Lake Landing Septemr 20th 1821
Right honourable sir
having been informed in Philadelphia that there was a College built under your auspices & patronage in Virginia. I take the liberty of applying to you as a Candidate of Professor of langauges in that institution.
I have in my possession introductory letters to you from Mathy Carey esq Philadelphia with other testimonials of capacity & conduct, but i shall leave it to your better judgement to—Decide of my qualifications. if you should encourage me to go on to Virginia: i left Philadelphia last April with a private family for North Carolina where i now reside. I was educated in the College of Dublin Ireland, you would oblige me very much as being a stranger & i hope of some merit. if you would give a situation in that or some other literary institution.
Ps If you should condescend to write to me. you will direct your to me to Lake Landing, North Carolina—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.