From William House
Philadelphia, Novr. 11th. 1813
Honoured with your attention And presuming that our family is not entirely erased from your breast, I humbly Solicit for a removal from my present Station to one more congenial to my wishes, and where I can more effectually Serve my Country. Pardon my intrusion, and Should my request be granted the obligation will be Ever remembered with gratitude by your humble Servant &c
William House, etc.1
1. House was probably a relative of Mary House, in whose Philadelphia boardinghouse JM had lived with other legislators while serving in the Continental Congress; the denizens of the establishment referred to their circle as “our family” (Brant, Madison, description begins Irving Brant, James Madison (6 vols.; Indianapolis, 1941–61). description ends 2:16). House’s “present Station” may have been as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army (DNA: RG 94, Registers of Enlistments, 1798–1815, 7:297). By 1817 he was established as a carpenter at 193 Cherry and 37 N. Eighth Street in Philadelphia (James Robinson, Robinson’s Original Annual Directory for 1817 … of Philadelphia and Suburbs [Philadelphia, 1817?; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 42001], 226).