I have in my possession a letter written by James McFadzean vouching for the character of my wife's ancestor, James Clowes. The letter, whcih I've transcribed below, is signed by James McFadzean, Minister of Colmonell, Ayrshire, Scotland and dated 27 Dec. 1906.
The letter reads: "Mr. James Clowes who leaves on Saturday for America, has been known to me for the greater part of his life and it gives me much pleasure to state that he is, in all respects, possessed of an excellent character. He has been almost entirely engaged in farm service, and from the masters he has served, as weel as from own observations I know that he has a splendid practical knowledge of that kind of work. Noone need be afraid to employ him. He is honest and able a young man who may be called upon to put his best into whatever he undertakes. His parents, who lived in the parish until quite recently, are well known to me and are held in the highest respect by all who know them. James McFadzean, Minister of Colmonell Ayrshire Scotland. 27th Dec. 1906"
It is written in longhand. I don't know if this is of any use, but here you go.