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To James Madison from William G. Oliver, 12 January 1816

"Knock and it shall be open’d unto you"
"Seek and you shall find"
"Ask and it shall be given unto you"

Philadelphia, January 12th. 1816.

Dear Sir,

Thus I take the liberty of Knocking at your bountiful and generous Heart, hoping that it shall be Open’d unto me; who is sincerely Seeking your approbation in my behalf, at the same time wishing, that this Letter may find you in perfect health; but ⟨willin⟩g to comply with so small a request; ⟨S⟩ir--I Ask a Commission in the Army, ⟨whi⟩ch I hope shall be given me by your Order, through the Honorable Secretary of the War Department. With high Consideration, I have the honor to be, Dear Sir, Your very Obedt. and Humble Servt.

Wm. G Oliver
Late Captain
U.S. Army

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

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