§ From Elijah Griffiths
22 April 1813. “In consequence of the death of Doctor Rush, by which a vacancy has occured in the Mint establishment, I have taken the liberty of soliciting you for the appointment of Treasurer of the Mint.
“The enclosed recommendation by gentlemen known to you, will, I hope, plead a sufficient appology for the liberty taken by a person altogether a stranger to you.1
“If this application should meet your approbation, & the appointment be confered, every exertion will be made by me to protect the public interest & deserve the confidence you have reposed in me.”
RC (DLC). 1 p. Mistakenly docketed by JM, “Griffiths Elijah Apl. 18. 1813.” Postmarked Philadelphia, 22 Apr. Undated; date assigned on the basis of the postmark, the date of the probable enclosure, and the fact that Benjamin Rush died on 19 Apr.