Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Beale Ewell, 19 February 1807

Geo.Town Feby: 19th 1807

I beg good Sir, that you would not be displeased at my troubling you again—as my excuse is, nearly my all is at stake—and my hope is, I shall trouble you no more.    Since the conversation with which you last favored me—I have been informed that without fail Doctr. Bullus, is to leave Washington in a short while. It is scarcely necessary to remind yr. Excellency, that the office the Doctor now holds, is the one—which last year I applied for—which I was then appointed to occupy—and which while I was in New York—you kindly assured me by letter, that you would not neglect directing that I should hold, if the opportunity occured. You were pleased also to advise me to confer on the subject with the Secy. of the Navy: and accordingly I did with such success as to receive several of the most friendly and positive promises. Candor leads me to state, that these hurried me into pecuniary & matrimonial engagements—which without the appointment expected—in defiance of interest—feeling & honor I shall be compelled to violate. Under such circumstances I cannot be otherwise, than unusually ardent in my entreaty to your Excely. to consider my situation, before you abandon the determination that I should succeed to Doctr. Bullus. all that I wish, is that you would spare but a few moments for this subject: and in that case—having attended to the particulars—I am sure your high sense of Justice would not suffer expectations to be excited in one—to be destroyed in a way, to endanger the destruction of his infant character. Confiding in this, I cannot doubt of success in the application, while at the same time I indulge in the hope that your goodness would prevent your having any pain, in befriending one so anxious to show the world, that your patronage was properly bestowed, as your truly respectful and obliged Servant.

Ths. Ewell

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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