Morven June 17th 1806
I hope it will not be deemed indelicate in me to express a wish to receive the appointment of Consul to any port of Europe, should the Executive upon inquiry into my capacity to discharge the duties of such an office, think proper to accept the tender of my services. I am induced to make this application in consequence of a recent misfortune, (the loss of my Wife!!!)—Being the Representative of the people of Amelia, I conceive it incumbent on me to discharge first my engagement to them, after which I shall be at liberty, & would promptly repair to any situation to which I might be appointed. With great respect,
I am yr Fellow Citizen.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.