Baltimore 10th. October 1806
The office of Collector of the Customs for the City of Baltimore, having become vacant by the death of Mr Purviance, permitt me Sir to solicit of you the favor of that appointment, the means I now possess of bringing up a large Family, being hardly adeqate to that purpose, the Appointment wd. make me comfortable. Altho. I have little doubt of receiving the Appointment of Govr. of the state by the unanimous voice of the republican Representatives thereof, yet the Salary annexed to that office, is not sufficient without the aid of all my own income to support me in it. I am therefore induced to make the application at the same time assuring you Sir, that if any one more deserving shd. be presented to your viw I beg you will not hesitate to give them the preferance—
I am Sir your Obt. Servt.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.