Baltimore 23d. Feby. 1824.
A stranger to Mr. Madison, personally, tho’ by no means a stranger to his virtues, would most humbly and respectfully beg leave to solicit the honour of Mr Madison’s friendship in aiding to effect the object of the inclosed letter.
My son James Madison is tall for his years, straight, and well proportioned—Besides the recommendation from the highly respectable gentleman, Jas. H. McCulloch Esqr., the following honourable, and highly respectable gentlemen have also addressed the honourable Secretary in behalf of my son, vizt General Samuel Smith of the Senate, Colo: Peter Little, and Major Isaac McKim of the house of Representatives of the U. S. With perfect respect and esteem Your most humble servant
RC, enclosing a letter of recommendation for James Madison Burn, from James H. McCulloch to John C. Calhoun, January 18, 1824 [misdated 1823] (DLC).