Newyork Janua 31
Most Honered Sir
I take This oppertunity to Inform you That I feell my self interrested In the affairs of my Country & will Spill the last Drop of my blood in its defense If you will Send me a Commision for a Commander In Cheif I mean a Cooks mate I will be your most honered friend and If your life is In dander I Will Relieve you If it was to Cost me my hearts blood In the Service of my Country I Should like to Go in the President but Dam the John Adams. If It pellases your Honor to Get me a Commission for a mid Schepman I will be your Slave for life please to write me an answer and direct it to M.P. Newyork
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.