Winchester Academy 23 Augst. 1827
I find from the Newspapers, that the Chair of Natural philosophy in the University is now vacant, by the translation of Professor Bonnycastle to the Mathematical School. Experience, talent, & Moral Character will no doubt guide the distinguished board in appointing a successor to that scientific gentleman, and influenced by the honour, emolument & usefulness of the situation, the friends of the Institution may have furnished the Visitors with a wide field of selection. Pardon me Sir, if my recollections of you, my desire of bettering my condition, & a belief that my experience at least, might not be unsuitable to that appointment may have emboldened me, to present through your medium, my humble name to the Guardians of the University. Allow me to observe, that during seven years of my superintendence of this Academy upwards of one hundred Students have completed the course of Nat. Phi contained in the text books of most of our Colleges: & that I have experienced the proud satisfaction of learning that many of my pupils have been distinguished for proficiency & good character at the University of this, as well as of other States. Your most obedient humble Srt.