"Seek and you shall find"
"Ask and it shall be given unto you"
Philadelphia, January 12th. 1816.
Thus I take the liberty of Knocking at your bountiful and generous Heart, hoping that it shall be Open’d unto me; who is sincerely Seeking your approbation in my behalf, at the same time wishing, that this Letter may find you in perfect health; but ⟨willin⟩g to comply with so small a request; ⟨S⟩ir--I Ask a Commission in the Army, ⟨whi⟩ch I hope shall be given me by your Order, through the Honorable Secretary of the War Department. With high Consideration, I have the honor to be, Dear Sir, Your very Obedt. and Humble Servt.
Wm. G Oliver
DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.