Salsbury Post office, on the Philad. & Lancaster Turnpike
Decemr. 4, 1808.
Let me offer you my Sincere thank⟨s⟩ for your attention to my son James M. Bailey, when he visited Washington, with a view of obtaining a Military Commission. Will you be so good as to add to the obligation I already feel myself under, by directing one of your clerks, to inform me whether a commission has been made or will issue for my Son?
Suffer me to congratulate my Country that the Successor of Jefferson is now fully ascertained. May his administration be just and right; and his departure from it, like his predecessor be more honorable than tha⟨t⟩ of any other prime ruler, in the knowledge of history! I am Sir, your obliged humble Servant
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.