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Lexington March 10th. 1801 Sir

I have [latly?] understood that your honour is appointed chief Judge of the Federal Court for the 4th. Circuit As you are the most proper Person to apply to respecting the Clerkship I have thought proper to offer myself as a Candidate for that place. I am the more Induced to this, as I am a resident I hold considerable Possessions at the [Court?] House I have spent some time in acquiring a [knowlege?] of the [Stat?] Laws [as?] of the U. States. my wish is to do the business myself, not by Deputy The only Personall [acquaintanc?] I have with you Sir was in 97. you Negotiated a Bill [dreed?] by Mr. Jno. Hopkins