March 20 1816
In the first commencement of the revolusion I was amongst the first that took up arms in the defence of this countrey and continued untill the cloase of the ware. I expended considerable sums of money for the united states which has not been reimburst to me, and from sircomstances not within my controle I am redused to low scircomstances I am indused from my faithfull performing the offices I filled in the revolution for which I have letters and scertificates from officers of high standing in the Armey, on these grounds therefore of past survisis not yeat compensated I consider my selfe intitled to notice, which indusis me to aply to you for an apointment in any of the land offices or any office that I am capebell of filling I applied sum time since for a Judges place but before my application the place had been given. I have letters of recommendation from Gentelmen of respectibillity I expect that the Honorabill Mr. Monrow Sceretery of State has sum knoledge of my character. I studied law and thought to moved to the State of ohio or to the Indiania teritory but for the want of asistance I am unable to goe. I hope you still have a place to plant a faithfull old solder of the revolution and a true frend to the present administration I am with High respect your Humbl. Servt.
I ledge at Mr. Samuel Bootes inkeeper in goeorgetowne District of Columbe
DLC: Papers of James Madison.