James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Taylor, 23 July 1816

Louisville 23d. July 1816

Dear Sir

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.

Richd. Taylor

N. B My fingers are crippled with the Rheumatism so that I doubt if you can read th⟨is⟩ scrawl.

R T.

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