§ From Edmund Custis
1 November 1804, Baltimore. “On hearing of the death of Mr. Triest, late Collector of the port of N: Orleans,1 am Induced to Solicit that appointment I shall therefore be extreamly Oblig’d by your friendly Interest on the Occasion & be assured Sir, the appointment will never be disgraced through my Conduct, & shd. I be fortunate in my application, Will produce the Most unquestionable Credentials. I flatter myself you may recollect me, having formerly had the Hono⟨r⟩ of a Seat, Several years in the Legislature of Virginia, as also the Convention of which you were a Member,2 I have been a resident of Baltimore abt. Seven Years & have been unfortunate.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Curtis” [sic]). 1 p.; damaged at margin. Beginning parentheses used by Custis without ending parentheses have been omitted.
2. Custis was a delegate from Accomack County to the Virginia General Assembly in the October 1787–January 1788, June 1788, October–December 1788, and October–December 1789 sessions; he also served with JM in the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788 (Leonard, General Assembly of Virginia, 164, 168, 172, 175; The Virginia Convention, 2–27 June 1788, 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 , 11:72–76).