Augusta County Virginia March the 25th—1807
Mr. President and Honoured Patron
I am not Ignorant of my own unworthiness in attempting to make known my Requests to my Bountiful Benefactor. But hoping at least you will take it as a token of friendship knowing that a man will always apply to his friend in time of trouble and distress and Confiding in and trusting to your Goodness extending itself to both low and high Rich and poor and I owe 355 dollars But through sickness and Misfortune I am Reduced to the necesety of Borrowing and if I have found favour in your eyes my Petition and my Request is that you would lend me two hundred dollars for 3 or 4 years at which time I hope to be able to Compleatly satisfy you for the same for none is more able to spare and I hope more willing than my Patron and my sincere wishes is that my lord will Grant me this favour and send it me By post to Brownsburgh Before the first day of may and enable me to pay my debts and preseve my name among my Countrymen and I know as my lord is not personaly acquainted with me he will hold it aventure to send it me for you have nothing But my word which I hope to never violate But be asured sir you Could never do one of your sebjects a Greater favor then thus oblidge your sincerest friend and wellwisher
MHi: Coolidge Collection.