Aug. 4. 1825
Having but little hope that Judge Dade will accept the place offered him, & having occasionally heard Mr Lomax of Fredg spoken of favorably , I sought an occasion yesterday of learning more of him from Judge Barbour who has long been at the same Bar with him, and is otherwise well acquainted with his character. The Judge considers him as a man of talents & a well informed Lawyer, an advantageous elocution. I asked whether had extended his beyond the ordinary municipal law, to and to a more philosophical view of the general subject of law. The judge said he could not answer that question, but thought his mind very capable of the task, and knew him to be habitually laborious in his application to the duties of his profession. Nothing was said on the subject of political Economy. the Judge know the extent of Mr L’s classical attainments.
From the same & from other sources, I have understood that Mr Lomax is of amiable disposition, polished manners, and of the best habits of every sort: and that he has been a uniform and sound patriot. about forty.
I have thought it proper to make this communication as the basis of further enquiries which you may have opportunities of making.
We had the pleasure of hearing a few days ago that your health improve.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.