James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Gamble, 29 July 1812 (Abstract)

§ From William Gamble

29 July 1812, Capitol Hill. Refers to a conversation with JM regarding a letter of recommendation written on Gamble’s behalf by Richard M. Johnson on 19 May.1 Hoped his application “would not be unattended to”; points out that “nothing but the most urgent want, could induce me to make such application.” Admits that his “little resources are entirely exausted.” Reflects upon “the Government I helped to raise by the exertions of my early life … and the sacrafices of a handsome Patrimonial Estate”; mentions the current military service of his sons, four of them under Commodore Rodgers. Asks to be placed “in any situation in which I might render service to my Country (for which I may be found competent,) which may put me beyond the reach of want.”

RC (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, G-124:6). 2 pp.; docketed as received in the War Department on 30 July 1812.

1PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (5 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 4:402.

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