The managing partner of a firm I've worked for has offered to write me a recommendation letter, which needless to say, would be of great help.
However much he adores me (and is a family friend, always helps), he is a very, very busy man and I highly, highly doubt he will be writing this recommendation himself, but rather, having his secretary do so. I really don't know his secretary, she doesn't know me, so I doubt that the rec will be as stellar as it could be.
Is there a polite way to say, "Listen, I know you're going to make your secretary write my recommendation because you're super busy, but could you please do it yourself?" I figure that just the ASSUMPTION (though I doubt it's an incorrect one), much less mentioning it, is rude in and of itself.