To John M. Clayton 
Secretary of State March 26. 1849
Dear Sir: I take great pleasure in introducing to your acquaintance my good personal and political friend Benjamin Bond Esq. He is an applicant for the office of Marshall for Illinois; and previous to leaving Washington, I filed his recommendations, with my indorsement upon them to which I refer you. What I there say in his favor, I take great pleasure in repeating. Your obt. Servt.