James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Leonard Peirce, 24 December 1816

Millbury Massachusetts Decm. 24th. 1816


Having obtained the consent of my Parents to enter as a cadet in the Military Academy of the United States I would solicit from you an appointment to the Academy at West Point should there not be a full complement of cadets there; and if there should, to any other Academy which Congress has or may or established at their present session.

I am eighteen years of age, and have received a thorough knowledge of reading, writing and arithmetic. If you should please to honor me with an appointment I wish you would forward it to me as soon as is convenient and I will produce articles of agreement as the law directs. Yours With respect,

Leonard Peirce

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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