Philadelphia 19th Augt 1796
The Petition of John Searson Most Humbly Sheweth:
That Petitioner, a native of Ireland, formerly Intermarried a Reputable female of the City of Philadelphia, liv’d in the Character of accomptant with a principal Merchant of that City, who gave Petitioner £100 annm for some time That Petitioner was afterwards, a wholesale mercht in the City on his own Account, ’till by a series of unforeseen misfortunes in Trade, And decease of his Wife, he took to the Education of youth, hath been Reputably Employd both in America & Ireland, as master of some of the first English Schools, having good Certificates to that Purport, And being lately arrived in this City from Ireland, And being generally Inform’d of the great Beneficence, and known Disposition of the President of the United States, to diffuse Learning, the Arts & Sciences, and every publick good through the States: Petitioner most Humbly lays his Case before the Honorable President, so that if from Principles Humane, he should Succeed, the most lasting Gratitude, should not be wanting. Petitr Teaches, Reading the best English Authors with Propriety [ ] Distinction, Writing, a plain Business-hand, Arithmetic, in a new [ ] Concise manner, Book-keeping in the latest, and most Improv’d manner Navigation and Some other Practical Branches of Mathematicks—Would Engage on proper Encouragement, either as Private Tutor, to a Gentlemans Children; Public School, or as Book keeper in a Public office, or to a Merchant, Doubt not of good Recommendation, even from this City—Petitioner hath a friend in Alexandria somewhat Connected with his Family viz. Jesse Taylor Esqr. to whom Petr writes by this Post, and should he be Honor’d with any Answer it may be directed for him in Philada or said Jesse Taylor Esqr. would forward it, And for which Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever Pray.
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.