15th Oct 1804
Singular and odd as your Excellency may think of an application made by a man of my appearance for appointment in the armey
Yet from a true knowledg of the duty and a contiousness of my Integrity and intention and an honest ambition of serving my native country. With confidental assureance of being well supported in the application By some gentlemen of the Nothern country whose characters and Political influance is well Known throughout the united States.
I calld at the war office was informd that there was no vacancy—
I have a communication to make which may afford your Excellency some satisfaction—which I feel delicate to commit to paper—
Prey accept of the above as an appology for intruding on your Excellency—
And as in duty Bound
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.