Montpellier 2. July 1835.
I have just received the enclosed letter from Mr. Hassler, and I think myself justified in saying that I believe him to be a very honest man and possessing in a high degree the knowledge required in the professorship of natural philosophy. His competitors being unknown to me I cannot speak of their respective qualifications compared with his. Should the choice of the Visitors fall on him my friendly sympathies will of course be gratified. Be so obliging as to return Mr. Hassler’s letter. With great & cordial esteem
RC (ViU); draft (DLC).