Boston. Nov.r 12th 1816.
To the Right Honorable Sir Joseph Banks Bart.
May it please your Honour
I have taken the Liberty of addressing you Right Honourable Sir; though not unknown to you, yet perhaps your Honour may have forgotten me. My Name is Thomas Fleck, Nephew to the late celebrated Capt. Cook. I am a seafaring Man with a Wife and large Family, and at present out of a Situation and have taken the Liberty of thus applying to your Honour, to use your Interest in procuring for me a Coal Meter's Place now vacant at this Port (Boston) or if it should be preengaged; a Situation in the Custom-House-Boat in which there will shortly be two Vacancies: if your Honour would be so kind, as to take the Trouble of serving me in any one of the above Instances, so that I may obtain a Situation thereby your Honour will always find me ever grateful,
I remain Right Honorable Sir,
your most obed.t humble Servant
High Street, Boston.