Albany Novr. 13. 1835.
Hon: Mr. Madison,
I have so often made myself troublesome to you by my requests, that it is with no little hesitation, that I have determined to ask of you yet another favor, especially as the request I am about to make is altogether of a delicate nature. In consequence of the reduced state of my health, I expect in the course of a few days to sail for Europe to be absent probably till next summer. It has occurred to me that a general letter of introduction from you (if you should feel entirely free to give one) would be of the greatest use to me. I am aware that you may feel embarrassed in doing it from the slight knowledge you have of me; but perhaps that objection might be removed by a reference to our common and excellent friend the Rev. Dr Laurie of Washington with whom I have for some time had the pleasure of an acquaintance. Of course it is a request which I do not feel at liberty to urge in the slightest degree; and I beg you will not think of it for a moment, if a compliance with it should involve the slightest sacrifice of feeling, or subject you to any inconvenience.
I beg you will do me the favor to accept one or two pamphlets designed to arrest the ultraism of the day; & believe me, Dear Sir, With the highest regard, Yr much obliged,
W B Sprague
PS. If you should comply with my request, it would be a particular favor, if I could receive the letter at an early period, as I shall probably sail within a fortnight.
RC (DLC: Dolley P. Madison Papers).