Baltimore 10th Octor 1806
I have to inform you that Robert Purviance Esqr. the Collector of this district departed this life last night after a short illness—
As the duties of the Office have frequently & for months at a time devolved on me, on account of the Collector’s advanced period of life and occasional absence, the business will not meet any delay or interruption in consequence of his death.
I am induced by the advice of a numerous class of Merchants here, whose recommendation will reach you by the next Post, to apply to you for the Present vacancy, which from the experiences I have had during about 9 Years, and the satisfaction I have afforded, I flatter myself I should fill with credit to myself & to the interest of the Governmt.—
I have the Honor to be with sentements of the highest Consideration & respect Sir Your mo ob Servt.
John Brice Jr
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.