Feby. 24th. 1808.
Dr. James H. Blake will do himself the pleasure of presenting you this Letter. It affords me satisfaction to introduce him to you. He is a Native of Maryland, and has for several years represented the County of Fairfax in Virginia in the Legislature of that State. He has now become a resident of Washington. This Gentleman is a Republican of the first order and deserves well of his Country. I understand he is willing to serve his Country in any office which will justify, from his situation, his acceptance. He has a large and promising family. I feel much interested in his Success and recommend him to you with confidence. His Honesty, urbanity, & patriotism, I have no doubt will soon recommend him to yours, as they have done to my Esteem. His Qualifications are I am satisfied fit him for most Stations in the departments. To your known goodness and patronage I recommend this Gentleman. The Testimonials of his worth are numerous and strong.
Feeling interested in his promotion, I am alive to whatever may concern his prosperity. My friendship for this Gentleman will be, I trust my apology for this liberty. I remain with the greatest Esteem & Respect Yr. Obdt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.