Legation of the United States London 23 January. 1828
In the letter, which I had the honour to address to you on the 29th November, I mentioned that I entertained strong expectations that the University of Virginia would find in Mr. Ritchie, a gentleman, who had been particularly recommended to my attention, a suitable Professor of Natural Philosophy. I have now the pleasure to communicate a letter from Mr Key to you, which had been left open for my perusal, together with several letters in favour of Mr Ritchie. I have not seen the proposed Candidate, but, in addition to the recommendations in the enclosed papers, Professor Pattison, formerly of Baltimore and now of the London University, whom I requested to make enquiries among his colleagues, has just called to state that all the accounts which he has received are most favourable to Mr Ritchie—
I also forward herewith a letter from Mr Todd, together with the testimonials, which he has transmitted to me. I have the honour to be &c
signed W. B. Lawrence
Letterbook copy (DLC: William Beach Lawrence Papers).