A letter Poe wrote asking for a job
[Text: Edgar Allan Poe to William Gwynn, May 6, 1831.]
Mr. W. Gwynn.
I am almost ashamed to ask any favour at your hands after my foolish conduct upon a former occasion but I trust to your good nature.
I am very anxious to remain and settle myself in Balto as Mr. Allan has married again and I no longer look upon Richmond as my place of residence.
This wish of mine has also met with his approbation.
I write to request your influence in obtaining some situation or employment in this city.
Salary would be a minor consideration, but I do not wish to be idle.
Perhaps (since I understand Neilson has left you) you might be so kind as to employ me in your office in some capacity.
If so I will use every exertion to deserve your confidence.
yr Ob. St
Edgar A. Poe
I would have waited upon you personally but am confined to my room with a severe sprain in my knee.