Union Brigade Feby. 26th. 1800
My dear Madam
Permit me to introduce to you my particular friend Mr. Hardy of newyork, he visits Philadelphia, as a Candidate for public office—highly recommended—I have broke in upon my general rule and have taken the Liberty to give him a Letter to The President to which permit me to refer you,
Mr. Hardy’s merits as an officer, and Conduct as a Gentleman, entitle him to civilities and attention. permit me to place him within the sphere of yours, and to solicit your smiles on his pursuit. He need not blush at being weighed in the ballance against any other Candidate,—your Countenance and protection will be highly flattering to him, and add one more to the many obligations I am under to you—accept of the Veneration & respect of your obliged Humble Serv.—
W. S. Smith
MHi: Adams Papers.