Baltimore 2mo. 24th 1807.
Excuse the freedom I have taken to solicit thy interest & influence, in an appointment of Superindenant of a Trading house with the Indian natives, on the frontiers of the Ohio State. Should one offer I feel desirous to promote the Civiliza⟨tion⟩ of the indians, in that quarter, If possible to encorage them to pursue Agriculture with great Avidity; being the Source from which every other blessing must flow, under the Divine aid, also to encorage handy crafts, & English Schools, also to assist them to Divide their Land into small farms ⟨fold, blot⟩ I understand the Practical part of Surveying If thou should wish to know my Integrity, & Qualifications for such an undertaking. Please inquire, by Letter of my Kind friend & Relation Doctor Benjamin Say of Philada. who can give satisfactory information. I understand that thou and thy beloved ⟨Consort⟩ are acquainted with the Doctor & his agreeable Companion. I have heard them both, Express their Satisfaction in your acquaintance I live at No. 8. high street Baltimore. Respectfully thy Friend
P. S. My object is to Superintend a Trading House under the General Government, with the Indian Tribes &c, And to give them my advice & council from time to time as way might open, in the other matters &c.
DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.