10th March 1806
The Gentleman, Mr. Cogdell, whom I had the pleasure to present to you a few days since, is making arrangements to leave this country for Europe and wishes to be know thire as recognised by the government of his country. He would feel grateful for an appointment, either as a secretary to an Ambassador, or as a consul to France, or England. His character is perfectly fair, his understanding correct, his acquirements extensive, and is master of the French and Italian languages. He studied law with Judge Johnson, and has practised it under his peculiar friendship; who would have presented, & made the present representation; but for his incessant confinement to the bench, and therefore the pleasure has devolved on me. If Mr Jefferson should wish to make an appointment of the above nature, the best recommendations can be procured for Mr Cogdell.
Permit me to renew on this occasion, the sincere assurance of my great personal regard, and political attachment for you.
David R. Williams
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.