Williamsburg March 4th. 1816.
The last Richmond papers announce on the part of Mr. Hay, his intention to resign his public office of attorney for the U: S: for this district.
May I take the Liberty of recommending as his Successor in Office, a friend, and a Gentleman of the first character and Talents, now in Washington, and personally known to you? I should deem myself guilty of presumption in so doing, if I could not add with Confidence, that I am not acquainted with any Gentleman of the Bar, on whose Attention to the Duties of his Office, I could rely with more Confidence than on Mr. Wirt, if he can be prevaild on to Accept the charge.
I beg you will pardon this intrusion & believe me with the most perfect esteem & respect, Dear Sir, Your most obedt. Servt.
St. G. Tucker
DLC: Papers of James Madison.