From Elbridge Gerry
Cambridge 20th May 1814
Enclosed are recommenda⟨tions⟩ of Doctor Elnathan Judson, for the office of Surgeon’s mate in the 40th Regiment of infantry, commanded by Colo Joseph Loring.1 The father of this young Gentleman I know, his character is truly respectable, & he is firmly attached to the existing Government of the U States. The recommendations of his son are such, as I presume can leave not a doubt of his qualifications for that office. I cannot omit any opportunity for expressing the highest esteem & respect for yourself & Mrs Madison, & the assurance, that I remain yours most sincerely
RC (MHi: Washburn Autograph Collection); FC (MHi: Elbridge Gerry Papers). RC torn; part of word in angle brackets supplied from FC. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted. Enclosures not found.
1. Judson was commissioned for the position on 31 May 1814, nominated by JM on 14 Oct., and confirmed by the Senate on 26 Oct. 1814 (Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends 2:534–35, 538, 576–77).