Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Stackhouse, 27 January 1809

Savannah Jany 27. 1809

His Excellency Thos Jefferson
President of the United States

It has pleased God in the course of his nature & Providence to remove from the World the late military agent for the state of Georgia, Levi Shefftall Esqr.; consequently there will be a vacancy in the office which he held, to be fill’d up by the discretion of your excellency. I have therefore resolved on offering myself for your election: with a hope that you will pardon my obtrusion on your goodness in making an application alone through the medium of the party to be interested & benefitted, to the high dispensing power of our government in such cases. More for the information of your excellency, than to set forth any claim to your notice or attention I would inform you that I am a native American of the state of Pensylvania but a resident of this place since my youth. That I have been regularly brought up to mercantile pursuits...In which I am now engaged, but with rather sorrow prospects before me. The wheel of fortune has generally cast me at the bottom, in most of my strivings in mercantile life—I have a bosom partner in the joys & sorrows of my situation with a young offspring that promise happiness at least to our parental feelings & affection. As I am yet verging to the meridian of Life I feel desirous to exert myself in the several duties which I owe to my country, my family & myself. My qualifications for the office which I would apply for, I presume would be acceptable. My standing in society, habits of Life &c. perhaps would not be objectionable. Your excellency might satisfy yourself on those heads. and if you think that the public Weal may be advanced in a measurable proportion by conferring on me the appointment, you will bestow on me a personal favour, which I will sedulously endeavour to become worthy of.

As you have from choice limited your public labours in your present distinguished situation, to a very short period of coming time, permit me to wish you every happiness which this world can afford: may the sweets of retirement add to your intellectual felicity, by carrying with it a consciousness that your talents & services have been scrupulously directed to your countrys good, & the happiness of the American People.

With consideration of high Respect I remain Your Excellencys: Mo. obed Servt.

Saml. H Stackhouse.

PHi: Daniel Parker Papers.

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