Culpr. 11th: June 1808
Suffer me Sir to tender You my gratefull acknowledgments for the friendly attention You bestowd. on my application at the War-Office, a favour that no time shall erase from my Memory & that no improper action or Sentiment shall disgrace. I have ever held the Savage character of the Soldier of fortune or ambition in detestation & equally dispised the slothfull wretch who wishd. to be uselessly supported. I hope the officers of our little army will be stimulated by different principles & as regardless of themselves as their circumstances will admit of will have only in view the protection of their Country, their Constition & Laws. If I am not much mistaken I shall raise a Company with very great facility & the men equal to any on Earth. Will You be assured of my sincere attachment, Respect, Esteem & regard Yr Mo: Obt St
I have this moment Sign’d articles of peace & reconciliation between our contending Neighbours W. & JMB.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.