Washington City March 1815
I, James N. Edmonston wishes to be appointed as a chain carer to run the Divideing line between the american Contenent & that of Cannada as I am informed that the presedent of the united States is invested with power to anomanate and appoint Such as he may deem it his Pleasure feeling myself quite resolved to Explore the Country and from the pratice I have had feel myself quite competent of this capasaty. I also Exspect its Requesit that there Should be a Recommendation Produest from every applican I their fore flatter myself I can produc one to you in tire Sattisfatin and I feel myself in duty Bound to make this pplecation to your I am yours Respectfully and Co.
James N. Edmonston
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.