Philada. August 4th. 1808.
Genl. John Shee, Collector of the port of Philadelphia, departed this life last Evening, in consequence thereof, the Office which he filled is now vacant. I hope, Sir, you will not consider it presumptuous to solicit the appointment to that Office. The recommendations which I forwarded to you six months since, I trust are satisfactory; sure I am no one can produce better and more respectable
After a succession of losses & sufferings in struggling for my Countrys. freedom, and now far advanced in life, I presume to anticipate some reward, in preference to those who have no personal merit, & who are bold enough to trouble you with an application, Should you favour me with the appointment—Those sentiments of esteem, & effusions of gratitude, which a happy Nation allready pours fourth, at the shrine of your virtues, will be indelibly impressed on the heart of your—
Fellow Citizin, & Humble Servt.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.