James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Barnett Boling, 10 December 1815

10th. december 1815 Fort Mchenry

Honered Sir

I humbly beg your pardon and atention in this situation Sir I flater myself your exelanies good-ness will atend to the following recquesisions. I consider myself at your discresion. Sir I inlisted in time of war to render my services in behalf of my countries right’s--with no other motive atall. When I inlisted I wished to enter for the war--but the officer who inlisted me pursuaded me to inlist for five years or during the war--and told me if peace Should be made before five years I undoubtedly Should be intitled to my discharge--as though I had inlisted for the war--but how it is I am kept in Service I dont know. I am told now by the best Judges of law that I am intitled to a discharge if I am returnd any other way in the war office--it is fourgery. My wife has proven that I did inlist in that way and Sent on this Sertificate. Sir I have a dear helpless famiely needing my assistance with them--and the thoughts of being kept from them So unjustly--in time of peace is very greavious to me indeed.

I hope Sir your goodness will interseed for me and direct it so that I am discharged to return to the bosom of my distressd famiely.

If I had have listed for five years I Should not Say any thing about it but I consider myself justly intitled to my liberty and I resign my all to your Eccelances pleasure. I am Sorry to inform you that in consequence of being kept in servis So unjustly by the conduct of that one officer--I am confined to a ball and chane for the turm of ten months for trying to get home by which I was told I could purcure a discharge with maiking it apear how I inlisted but I was followed and brought Back. Sir if it is posable for gods Sake have me discharged if you please. I am of captain R. G. Hites company at fort Mchenry. I am Sir your humble Soldier

Barnett Boling

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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