Jany 10. 1828
I have recd. Sir, your letter without date, requesting a recommendation to the Government of Texas, of Mr. Rufus Stone your neighbour. Tho’ I do not distrust in the least what you say in his behalf, and have a due respect for the friendly recollections to which you refer, I must be permitted to decline the step which is wished, as an inconvenient precedent, if not rendered improper other considerations. With respect & good wishes
Draft, with the following note to Gabriel Moore subjoined (DLC).