City of Washington 5th. March 1807
I mentioned to you last evening I thought Mr Richard Cocke of Washington County, (My Neighbour) woud answer almost any appointment you might think proper to confer on him, If a Commissioner for upper Louisana is Wanting, a Judge of any of the Territories, a Director of the Land Sales at Jeffersonville. I do not hesitate to say he woud Give satisfaction, Mr. Cocke is a firm & stanch Republican & a man of undoubted Varasity, Cool & deliberate, he was born in Nottaway County Virginia Where he practised law with Tolerable Success for several years, he is more of a Judge than an orator, I Give You this Recommendation without any knowledge of Mr. Cocke—but do it from a knowledge of his worth
in hast I am D Sir Yours with every sentimt of esteem
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.