Louisville Kntuckey 25th. of Jany. 1808
I think it must have been through your means that my son William Obtained his appointment in the Army. I hope Sir you will not think me troublesom when I request you to speak to the Secretary of War for som Commission of higher rank. (I make this request supposeing the army will be Augmented) I think Nature Intended him for the Army. He has a Boddy capable of Induring fatigue & an active mind which pushes him on to gain credit in his profession which he wishes to make the business of his Life & I think understanding is above par. Please give my Comps. to your Lady Unknown & believe me to be with every Centiment of Friendship & Esteem your most Obt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.