From the Right Reverend James Madison
Smithfeild. Sep. 8h. 1809
My dear Sir,
Being at this Time in Montgomery County, some very respectable Friends have express’d a Wish, that I would recommend to your Notice Mr. Thomas Lewis,1 Grandson of the late Genl Lewis, as a Candidate for the Place of a Midshipman in the American Navy. From the Character, which he sustains as a young Man of Prudence & uniform good Conduct, as well as unquestion’d Fortitude, I have no Doubt, should he obtain the appointment solicited, of his proving himself to be a brave & strenuous Defender of the Rights of his Country. With the greatest Regard, I am, Dr Sir Yr.’s most truly & affy.
RC (DNA: RG 59, Letters of Application, 1809–17).
1. Thomas Lewis, grandson of Revolutionary veteran Andrew Lewis, was commissioned a midshipman on 15 Nov. (Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy, p. 332). On the same day that Bishop Madison wrote JM, he also sent a letter recommending Lewis to Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton (MdHi).