Ashland 8th. August 1833
Having been informed that Dr D. Drake of Cincinnati may possibly be nominated as one of the Professors, in the University of Virginia, in consequence of the resignation of Professor Dunglison, I take much pleasure in stating that I have been long and intimately acquainted with Dr. Drake; that as an author, as a professional man, and a gentleman, he is among the most eminent of our fellow Citizens; and that such are his zeal and diligence in the cause of science, that, far from resting satisfied with previous knowledge and attainment, he is constantly advancing in acquirements. In expressing these opinions of Dr. Drake, I am satisfied that I conform to the sentiment which prevails in the West, where he is generally regarded as one of its principal ornaments. I embrace the opportunity of conveying my fervent wishes for the success and prosperity of your University, and of adding assurances of the constant regard and esteem of Your obedient Servant
RC (Milwaukee Public Library: Mansfield Collection).