Washington May 13th. 1807
I came to this City this day to Sollicit you for a perticular favor, Mr. Hugh West the late Surveyor of the port of Alexandria is dead The office Vacant I ask the favor to be appointed to it & I beg the liberty to Say a few words, I have resided in Alexandria for thirty Eight years and I have rendered the public Services for a Very Small recompense this appointment will relieve me, I have brought no letter respecting my private character, Colo. Brent, Colo. Richd. Harrison & Mr. W. Jones I have been long Acquainted with, and for a Very metereal thing that is how far I am qualified to fill the office of Surveyor I beg the liberty to refer you to the Collector of the port as he is better able to judge what qualifications are necessary than any person that I cold apply to here as he knows the duties that are required, this favor will Confer a lasting Obligation on your Very Huml. Servt.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.