New York 13th Jany. 1806
I have taken the liberty to request the favor of Colonel Mosely a representative in Congress to shew you a Petition which is to be presented to Congress. having there stated my case pretty fully I will not trouble you with many additional observations—If necessary Colo. Moseley will explain my situation as it respects the injury I received in the action on board the Alliance more fully—
It may be asked why I have delayed Petitioning so long. My reply is that my complaint was of such a nature that I did not feel inclined to make it public, unless necessity required it—
I have until lately made out to support my family comfortably, but through misfortunes I am now at a very advanced age embarrassed in my circumstances—I am therefore compelled to ask what I presume the President of the United States will believe I have just grounds to do—If I am right in my conjecture. permit me to solicit the favor of you to give the Petition that countenance and recommendation—that you conceive it merits.—Should I be thus favored, I shall feel confident of success, and entertain sentiments of lasting gratitude.
I have the honor to remain, with the greatest deference and respect Sir, Your obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.