Buckingham county Virga. Oct. 17th. 1816
I have a Son Doc Samuel Merry that hath been in Aloe state of health for some time past, And he wishes to spend this winter in some of the Mediterranean islands for his health And he wishes to get the appointment of Surgon or Surgons mate in Our fleet whis is stationed in that quarter. I can only informe you that the Doc. hath had for several years before his ilness ⟨a⟩n extensive practice as a Phision in the County of Charlotte wheare he lived and the Country; ajoining with great sucsess. Letters of recommendation can be had if Nessary. The Doc will be at my house in a few days and hath requested me to write to you on the subject I am Dear Sir with respect yours
DLC: Papers of James Madison.