Feby 8th. 1813
My dear Sir
Your letters written from different points on the Cumberland have been recd. and the requests contained therein, shall, as soon as practicable, be complied with; the arms have but just arrived, some in good order, and others very rusty. I have not yet made an estimate of such things as were brought back by Woods, owing to my not having been in town when they were deposited at the ware house--I have been waiting until S. Cantrell shall finish a ware house that is nearly compleated, into which I mean to deposit all the public property, at which time I will make out a correct invoice of the whole. I am not able to give you any information about the horsemens tents; further than, the three waggons which I met on the Sunday evening that you took you departure, just at the river whilst you were yet in sight. I was very much astonished that they should have been sent to the place of your embarkation, when I knew you had ordered them to Robertson's landing: they said that they had been ordered there by the quarter master! Rest assured, my dear Genl., all things shall be attended to.
Govr. Blount left here the tuesday after you did, for Knoxville, where he had since married Mrs. Mary White. he has not yet returned. Genl. Armstrong is appointed Secretary of War. [William] Jones of Philadelphia, Secretary of Navy. Maj. William T Lewis died on thursday morning last about 4 O'clock. I am told he has left you with Mrs. [Mary Hipkins] Lewis, Mr. [Thomas] Crutcher and Mr. [Alfred] Balch Executors of his will. One of the Volunteers left in the hospital, by the name of Gist, died since your departure. If there is no impropriety, I wish to keep another of the volunteers left in the hospital, now nearly recovered, for the purpose of putting the arms in good order, and to keep them so: please signify your approbation or disapprobation of such a measure. The mail is just closing--please write frequently. Receive the best wishes of your best unfeigned friend
P.S. I had like to forgotten in the hurry of writing to inform you that a report has been softly whispered here since you left W[est] T[ennessee] that may if generally accredited may have a tendency to injure you; I keep a close lookout, and if it becomes necessary, I shall contradict it in that manner which it deserves, with the insertion of piece in the papers with my name affixed. It has been stated to me that you declared previously to your leaving this Country that the same County should not contain both you and Genl. Wilkinson. Knowing a statement of that kind to be so contrary to what you always assured me was your intentions, I shall feel myself perfectly authorised to contradict it in the most positive manner.
I hold you reputation as dear to me as my own, and you may rest assured that injustice shall not be done to my absent friend. I will write you more fully on this subject when I have more leasure, in the mean ti[me] accept the best wishes for your health a[nd] success--yours &c.
W B Lewis