To William Eustis
Monticello Feb. 23. 12.
The inclosed presents one of those cases which it is not in my power to refuse being the channel of communicating. the writer is the son of a very early and intimate friend & fellow-student, to whom, were he living, I ought to refuse nothing. of the writer personally I never heard any thing, nor ever saw him: but I think he must be personally known to mr Nelson & mr Basset, two of our representatives in Congress. I have moreover written to him to advise his sending on to you certificates of character. should I be the means of adding to your list of candidates one of as much worth as was his father, I shall have the double pleasure of rendering service to a friend & to the public. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.
PoC (DLC); salutation faint; at foot of text: “The Secretary at War”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Francis Willis to TJ, 6 Feb. 1812, not found, but recorded in SJL as received from “Gloster” on 21 Feb. 1812.
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