5 March 1805
May it please Your Excellency!
I humbly beg Your Excellency’s indulgence for the favour I’m going to ask. I am a painter & have sufficient recommendations to produce of my Ability. Should You wish to employ a person in that Line to do Your Work at Monticello; I offer my Services: Mr. Fitzgerald can inform Your Excellency who I am, as he has known me many Years past. Should it so happen that it should meet your Excellency’s Approbation; I will obey Your Commands whenever You please.
I am Your Excellency’s humble Sert.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.