Louisville 23d. July 1816
My son Joseph having business at the War office at the Citty of Washington as he is ⟨y⟩oung & Inexperienced he may be at some loss how to proceed to get it finished I have therefore Ventured to trouble you with a request to advise ⟨h⟩im in what wou’d be his b⟨es⟩t course to take in the mat⟨ter⟩.
I wish also to mention to you the h⟨e⟩ has been Transfered from the Infan⟨try⟩ to the Artillery but his standing is a Lower grade than he formerly held in the Infantry now I confess I have a wish that if he reejons the Army it shoud be in the same rank he formerly held, I hope you will be so good as to Excuse ⟨this⟩ Intrusion on yo⟨ur⟩ time. My wife Joins in Love to ⟨your⟩ good Mother, & our b⟨e⟩st wishes to your Lad⟨y⟩ & beleive me to be with Friendship & Esteem your most Obt. Servt.
N. B My fingers are crippled with the Rheumatism so that I doubt if you can read th⟨is⟩ scrawl.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.