Richmond May 9th 1828
My friends have presented my pretensions to the President to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the late Treasurer of the United States—As you are acquainted with many of the incidents of my life, which have been personally eventful; and as you know that I made sacrifices in my efforts to save the Government, during your administration by encountering all the hazards connected with that period; I hope I shall be pardoned for suggesting, that you would confer a favour on me by stating to the President whatever may be your impressions in relation to my claims, and qualifications for the appointment.
I have supposed that a capacity for labour in detail is more requisite in the discharge of the duties of the Office in question, than the exercise of distinguished intellectual attainments. In case I should be selected for the Office I am aware of the great responsibility which I should incur, but my friends who have an intire confidence in my integrity, insist upon me, that on that account I ought not to be deterred. I am Dear Sir most respectfully your Obt. Ser.
James P. Preston
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.