State of Connecticut November 23. 1816.
I take the liberty of recommending to your notice the Reverend Mr. Gallaudet, principal, and Mr. Clerc his Assistant, in the "Asylum for the instruction of deaf and dumb persons" lately established in this State. I am persuaded they will receive from the First Magistrate of our country, that favorable regard, to which their distinguished exertions in the cause of humanity so eminently entitle them. With the highest respect and consideration I have the honour to be Sir Your obedient and Most humble servant
John Cotton Smith
DLC: Gallaudet Papers.