James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Perrin Willis, 31 May 1816

Washington May 31st. 1816

Dear Sir

It is with the utmost diffidence that I again appeal to your generosity for an office under the government and could only be urged to the act by the most pressing necessity.

I have discovered by experience the unpleasant fact that my present avocation is not to be conducted but with an adequate capital. And not possessing that requisite I shall very soon be compeld to discontinue it; When I will be left without the means of a support. It is Sir under these circumstances that I ⟨continue⟩ to solicit of you the appointment of ⟨navy⟩ agent at New York, provided that Doct. ⟨Bullus⟩ accepts the consulate at Hamburg which I also app⟨l⟩yed for. But should he not think proper to resign his present office I beg leave to renew my application for the Consulate at Hamburg. Whatever station my government may think proper to place me in I do assure you every exertion shall be used faithfully to discharge the duties assigned me. I have the honor to be Sir with high cond. Your Most Obt: Servt.

Perrin Willis

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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