1 June 1803, Baltimore. Solicits a position in the State Department. “It would be gratifying to me to be employed as immediately under the direction of the chief clerk of the department as circumstances might permit.” Hopes that JM’s recollection of his “former connexion with Col. Monroe” will “not prove unfriendly” to his “present application.”1
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Purviance”). 2 pp.
1. Purviance had served as Monroe’s private secretary in France, 1795–96 (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 15:404 n. 4). For Monroe’s recommendation of Purviance, see PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (5 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 2:396.