From Samuel Smith (of Maryland)
Baltimore 27 septr 1811
I am honored with your letter of 19t P. Mark 23d Inst, recommending J. Dougherty as Door Keeper to the Senate. I remember him and have no doubt but he is every way qualified—he will have many Competitors. Some of them very respectable—I observe that his political principles are Sound. they however will not long be thought an important recommendation Accept assurances1 of my high respect & Sincere friendship—
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 2 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Manuscript: “assuranes.”