Monto Dec. 19. 23.
Mr. Girardin, president of the college of Baltimore understanding that the office of librarian to Congress is expected to become vacant by resignn, and desirous of being placed in it, has requestd me to state to you what I know of his qualifns. he lived at Milton in this nbhood 2 or 3. y. while writing his hist. of Virga, and was in great intercourse and intimacy, with my self. he is a scholar of high grade, industrious, methodical, careful, of correct morals and conduct, and particularly in bibliographical knolege, an important in that office. I have thought it a duty to bear witness to what I know of him in these respects, and that render a service to yourself enabling you to judge between him and other competitors for the appmt, and to give it to the worthiest as I know is your . accept the assurance of my constant and high esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.