New Orleans Sept. 3d 1833
Presuming on the acquaintance you had, with my childrens Grandfather, Colonel Robert Patton, of Philadelphia, I solicit your influence in the department of War; that my oldest son (now 12 years of age,) may prove a successful candidate for West-Point.
I am the Widow of your friends oldest Son, and dependant on my exertions, for the support of myself and two children. with much respect
Louisa M Pattonat Mr P. Laidlaws.