Alexandria 11h. December 1807.
Understanding that the Office of Marshal of this District wold become vacant in a short time, I have taken the liberty of becoming An Applicant to Supply the Vacancy, And have forwarded to the Secretary of State A veriety of documents, stating My Capacity to fill that Office, which I have no doubt has Allready been laid before you—In Addition to those, I will only beg leave to refer you to Genl. John Mason of Geo Town, who will give you every information respecting my Character And Standing in Society—
Could I be persuaded that a general recommendation from the Citizens of this Place was necessary, on such An Occasion, I would have Adopted that mode, but presuming that it was sufficient to procure the recommendations of A few, who stand high in Public estimation, And whose integrety And Candor Could be relied on, I have persued that method—
Please pardon the liberty I have taken, In thus troubling you, And believe me to be very
Respectfully, Sir your Mot. Obe. Sert.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.