James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Marinus Willett, 4 October 1815

Newyork October 4th. 1815

Dear Sir,

Mr. Archibald Wade Hamilton visits Washington with a view of applying for some appointment under our Government. Mr. Hamilton was born in this city His family are very respectable. His Father who in the ⟨revo⟩lutionary war was a Captain in the British army sold his Comission about the close of that war and Married in this city where he has resided ever since, But his connections being principally in Britain his son Mr. A. W. Hamilton went there some years ago when his friends procured him an appointment in the British army. The late war between this Country and England placed him in a situation which obliged him either to fight against the Country that gave him birth or resigne his commission. ⟨In⟩ this alternative he prefered the latter which has of course thrown him out of the employ of a profession in which his prospects were flattering. How far this act of patriotism may entittle him to the attention of his Country, is submited to your serious consideration by Dear Sir Your Obedient humble servant

Marinus Willett

DNA: RG 76—Records Relating to International Claims in which the U.S. was a Party.

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