New York May 16. 1815
John A. Smith Esquire, son of Col Wm Smith late member of Congress & grandson of President Adams, has it in contemplation to visit Europe & is solicitous of obtaining public employment there. He is a young gentleman of good education & morals, & of patriotic feelings; whose character & standing both as a gentleman and in his profession is respectable.
It is with great pleasure and confidence that I recommend Mr Smith to your notice as a young gentleman highly worthy of the notice and confidence of the government.
With great respect and esteem I have the honor to be, Sir, Your Ob St
Daniel D. Tompkins
DLC: Papers of James Madison.