I am under an obligation, which I do not fulfil without reluctance, to drop you a line on the subject of a young gentlemen Burwell Randolph, who is very desirous of a Clerkship under your board. I have no personal knowlege of him; and Ignorant as I am of what may relate to other candidates, I could not if it were proper, enter into any comparison of his & their respective pretensions. I can therefore only say that from sources entitled to confidence I can not doubt either his capacity or the other qualities required for the place in question; and that if his pretensions be not outweighed by those of others, his success will give pleasure to his highly respectable connections, as well as to myself.
We understand from Mrs. Cutts, that you have partaken of the sickliness of the season. Mrs. M. joins me in the wishes & hopes, that this may find you entirely restored to health, as she does in the sincerest respcts & regards to Mrs. R. & yourself.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.