Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Thomson, 5 January 1805

George Town January 5th. 1805.

Honoured president

I here take the previlege of asking reliefe from your Benevolent hand hopeing no offense I have a famyly to maintain by hard worke When well but unfortunenately broke my foot which renders me a cripple and not able to maintain my famyly & times being very hard provision and wood being so very dear we are in a state of surfering at the present & being a stranger knowing no one to apply to except you honoured Sir hopeing you will be so good as to show me Same Lennity by your bennevolent Hand— & Consider my surfering Situation.

William Thomson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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