Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Steele, 9 September 1807

Philadelphia Septr. 9th. 1807.


Motives of delicacy would render it a difficult task for me to address you, in relation to the office of Collector of the Port of Philada., during the life of the present Incumbents, were not the step advised by my friends as necessary—From the low state that Genl. Muhlenberg is represented to be in, it is highly probable the office may soon become vacant, for which I would then request to be considered, by the President, as a candidate

Not having the honor of being personally known to you, I wholly rest my application on the recommendation of Mr. Leiper and other of my friends here, who may have the goodness to interest themselves in my behalf, having nothing of my own to offer but the assurance that what little talent and integrity I possess shall be faithfully employed, in discharging the duties of the office, if, under the contingency of its becoming vacant, I should be so happy as to have your approbation for the appointment

I have the honor to be, with sentiments of high esteem and respect your Obedt. Hble. Servt.

Jno. Steele

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

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