Washington Feb. 23. 09.
This will be handed you by mr Beverley Randolph a Cadet, who goes on to take his place under you. he is the son of a friend of mine in Virginia, born to independant expectations, but by the entire reduction of his father’s circumstances, left without any resource but in himself. my concern for the family induces me to sollicit on his behalf your friendly counsel & tutelage on all occasions; and altho’ I have not before personally known him, yet I hope he will always shew himself worthy of, & grateful for them. I know the comfort it will give his family to be informed that you will take some concern in his welfare. I tender you my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.