24 Decr. 1831.
I have recd your letter of the 12th and would cheerfully make a direct application for the Autograph of Mr Blair if I knew the proper source. Mr Tyler a Virginia Senator in Congress will I beleive be able to ascertain it and doubtless equally willing to attend to your wishes I take the liberty therefore of suggesting the expediency of a line to him on the subject. I am laboring under a severe Rheumatism which among other effects cripples my fingers as you will perceive & obliges me to use a borrowed pen. I pray you Sir to be assured of my continued esteem & cordial respects.