Philadelphia, No. 124 Locust Street 13th. August 1816
I do hope you will not take offense at my presumption in now addressing you. You Sir may probably not recollect me: but I Knew you well in this City though quite a Youth yet to what your honour is: you also Knew my Father well. He is dead many years. I am by misfortune in trade become excessively Poor Indeed and to add to my distressful situation have a very large and helpless family around me who Consequently are distressed as well as myself. I hope I will be pardoned by asking from you Sir Some releif. I have been more than One year Confined to my house lamed So badly I Could not Walk a great Part of the time. I had before that been thrown out of all employment by misfortune. It might Probably be Sir in your Power to recommend employment to me with the pen; if you would how thankfull I would be. oh Sir Can I ask Can I beg & pray you will indulge me with a line & Some present releif. I am Assured by persons Knowing you that I will be indulged with an Answer to this. And beleive me Sir Your very obliged Set
DLC: Papers of James Madison.