Philad. Feby 26, 1816
I took the liberty of writing to you by Mr. Wood our distinguished portrait painter to whom I begged you would have the goodness to sit for your portrait which I am very desirous to obtain.
I also beg the favour of you to furnish me with a few facts of your life--Birth, parentage, Education-profession. offices &c &c.
Not knowing where my letter may find Mr. Wood, I take the liberty of enclosing one for him, which I beg you to have the goodness to deliver to him when he has the honor of waiting on you. With great respect I am your obedt. huml. st.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.