Quincy June 6th 1821
Of the multitude of applications to me for Letters of Introduction and recommendation to the President and Heads of departments, in favour of candidates for Office, I have for a long time Sternly, and Sometimes almost cinically refused them all.
But the enclosed letter from Dr Waterhouse has so tenderly affected me that I cannot resist my feelings and Inclination to transmit it to you. I believe it is strict truth; and that he is poor and in distress, and that his Poverty and distress have been owing to his constant Support of the Union and national Government. I agree with Mr Jefferson and Mr Madison in the great merit of Dr Waterhouse. I scarcely know a Man who has done more good in this Country.
I know not whether any thing can be done for his relief: but if he is crushed it will be a proud tryumph for a faction who have done much harm to this Country, if We must allow they have done Some good.
With perfect respect I have the honour to be, Sir your Sincere Friend / and most humble Servant
NcD: Trent Collection.