Fredericksburg March 26. 1819
The bearer, Mr Thos Smith, has applied to me for an introduction to you; but not having ever had that honour myself, it may be considered too great a liberty for me to take.—He will no doubt carry with him a much better introduction than my name can give him. I will only say that he has for some time lived my neighbor, and has approved himself a sober and industrious citizen; and in every respect, as far as I have seen or heard is a man of correct conduct. He is considered a good painter.
Wm F. Gray