West. Point Novemr. 26th. 1816
Understanding, that Daniel Symmes Esq. Register of the Land Office in Cincinnati is about to resign that place, & that his brother Mr. Peyton S. Symmes is a Candidate for succeeding him, I beg leave to offer my testimony in favour of the appointment of this Gentleman.
While acting as Surveyor General, I had the means of knowing his youthful character; It was promising in the highest degree; distinguished by extraordinary natural endowments, a fine education, & correct moral conduct. By my Friends, I have since learned, that his subsequent, & more mature character has exhibited the finest assemblage of talents, & virtues. That he is well qualified to perform the duties of the Office, there can be ⟨no⟩ doubt, since he has acted in it, & I believe done all its business, for more than 3 years. I beg leave to recommend to Your Excellency, for that place, Mr. Symmes, as one who is not only competent to fill, but to adorn it, or even a much higher situation. I am with the most profound respect Your Obt. Humle. Sert.
Prof. of M. Phil. Mat.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.