New York January the 13th. 1805 1806
Several respectable Characters of this City informed me That Congress upon your recommendation, were in all probability going to grant a Sum of Money for the Fortification of the Seaport Jorvus of the united States, and observed, that my Services might perhaps be thought usefull for that purpose in the City of New York.
As I think it the duty of every citizen to Serve His Country, and even to tender his Services to Its Government as a proof of His Zeal, I take the liberty to assure you, Honoured Sir, that I am entirely devoted to you, and that I may be disposed of at your pleasure, if my feeble Talents are thought to be any way usefull.
with the Greatest Respect I am Honoured Sir, Your most obedient Humble Servant
PHi: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.