Cambridge Decr. 12th 1807
The Collector has just notified me, that the President of the United States had been pleased to appoint me Physician to the Marine hospital at Charlestown; for which I return you my most cordial thanks.
Until yesterday I thought, that the appointment included the Navy-yard; as I knew that Dr Jarvis did the duties of both. As they are contiguous, I thought they formed one medical department; but I find, one is the care of the commercial seamen; the other the seamen and marines of the United States.
I would not be thought too craving, but I will venture to offer myself a candidate to do all that my predecessor did; especially as they lay so convenient. It is here, thought not very probable, that any medical man of distinction will accept of the Navy yard medical department, while I possess the more lucrative one the hospital: Which idea is submitted to the President of the United States with the greatest submission, by his obliged
and very humble Servt
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.