James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Porter, 23 June 1815

Greenliefs Point June the 23d. 1815

Honorabel sir,

Permit me to beg your pations while I Inform you something of my Situation, I was raisd. in ⟨   ⟩th Carolina Chester District about 500 miels from this place though I was in my Forty Eight year of adge when I heard of the Distruction made by our Enemy - her as well as other places it roused my spirets so that I felt young as when I was 25 then purely out of love to my country and to Incuradge youths in the servis I Inlist in the above state and District by Capt R.A. Cambel in the 3d. R.R. the 26st. of October 1814 and left my wife and famely for no other reason then I have stated above and if warr had continued and I had Ingoyed my health I would not have wrote to you on the Subgect, but through the Extream fatague of marching in the coald I was taken on the 23d. of January last. I was takin sick ⟨   ⟩ was left in the Hospitel here and remained in ⟨   ⟩ Hospitel until the 4th. of last May then was sent with 9 more down to the Gareson by what athorety I know not, and still remains unhelthy troubred Greatly with pains in my limbs and a steady Eshue of Blood from my Bodey that the Docter says will remain duiring life, so that I am not fit neither for labour nor Dutey in the United states servise, Considering my adge and ⟨dis⟩ability of Bodey your Honer I hope will Grant me an Honerabel Discharge with all the Emoliments Due to soldiers Inlisted under the some act so that I may be inabled through Devine strenth to riturn home to my beloved wife and famely and spend the remainder of my days in the firm resolution that let others do as they will as for me and my Hous we will serve the Lor⟨d.⟩ Honerabl sir, humbely hopeing you will Acqu⟨ie⟩ce with the above petition I beg Lief to subscribe myself Humbel servent & Pititionor

Thos. Porter

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

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