Montpellier Octr. 25. 1835
This will be handed to you by Richard Chapman a son of Reynolds Chapman who married one of my neices. He will communicate the hope of his father and his own, that he may obtain a birth in the Military school at West-point.
My esteem and regard for the Father, and good wishes for the son, will apologize for my saying that his success could not but be agreeable to me, if the way for it be properly open; and that both of them would be very grateful for any countenance with which you may find it in no respect inconvenient to favour his application. With very great and sincere esteem
RC (DLC: William C. Rives Papers); FC, misendorsed R. C. Rives (DLC).