From Paul Revere
Boston 5 Feby 1791
Without troubling your Excellency with a detail of circumstances, which induce me to wish for some employment, under the general Government, I beg leave to offer my self as a candidate for any office in the proposed sistem of Excise, which I may be qualified to fill. As I can not claim the honor of such a personal aquaintance with your Excellency, as will furnish you with sufficient information of my character, I beg leave (should you ever think the subject so far worthy your attention, as to enquire) to refer you to Genl Knox, Genl Lincoln, Mr Ames or Mr Gerrey. I am Sir with all possible respect, your Excellencys obednt humb. Servt
Paul Revere (1735–1818), the Boston silversmith and Revolutionary leader, returned to his trade after the Revolution. During the 1780s he was deeply involved in civic activities in Boston and was a prominent supporter of the ratification of the federal Constitution.