James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Mary Fowler, 6 November 1815

Raymond November 6th. 1815.

Much Honoured Sir

I flatter myself that your humain benevelince will grant my pettision on behalf of my Son a Minor who left his parrents 8 years gone whent on to Boston entered as Maron for ⟨   ⟩ years without the Consent or knowledg of his parrents went on board the US ⟨   ⟩ Frolick was Captured & sent to Dartmore prison were he remaind untill the peace was settled: when he was sent on to Newyork & put into the Navy yard to be kept during ⟨   ⟩ years inlistment ⟨   ⟩ we understand that he has deserted ⟨   ⟩ is willing to return to the assistance of his aged parrents provided I Can get a Discharg from under your hand that He may be safe: the Lads Name is Israel Fowler he was born in Augst 1795 His father is Subject to voilent fits of derangment & I have no other Child with me which makes my Cause very distressing We have never Receved one Cent of his wages duering his absence from home & we are very poor If you will send his realease by post direct to Raymond Near Chester in the state of Newhamptshier Rockinham County it will really Contrubot to the releaf of a distres Mother

Mary Fowler

P S I Cannot say But What he has receved his wages & spent it But his parrents never receved any the whole Time of his absence If you will soon grant my request & send it as aforesaid directed in my Name I shall be sure to get it If I do I Can with sincerity Take God to Wittness to the Truth of what I have Wrote

Mary Fowler

DNA: RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.

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