Letter from John McKee to Andrew Jackson

Choctaw Agency
Aug. 9 1814


        I received yesterday your letter of the 22 Ulto. requesting me "to hold the Choctaws in readiness to join you at the shortest notice, and apprize you of the number that I think could be procured without delay"
        When I inform you that I have not received a cent either to reward the Choctaws for their services last winter or even to pay for the provisions furnished to them and that I am indebted to individuals in and out of the nation for such supplies, you will at once perceive that without advances for provisions at least and specific promises of reward I must encounter new and increased difficulties in calling out a respectable force especially during the present scarcity of corn. a reasonable encouragement will bring out a considerable number of naked badly armed brave fellows, who seem as heartily engaged in the cause as you could wish, and without intending to flatter your name as their commander will greatly encourage them to turn out  but they must eat, and having lost last winters hunt if they are to receive nothing for their services they & their families must suffer.
       I have sent Mr. Brashears to the NWestern District, I will leave Mr. Pitchlynn to this (the NEastern) to prepare the indians as well as circumstances will enable them, and I will immediately set out and taking part at least of the Southern District in my route proceed towards St. Stephens in the hope of seeing you somewhere in that quarter. If you should deem it proper to meet by an express, my route will be on the post-road to Charles Juzans, and from thence to Nails on Chickasawhay and after doing whatever may be necessary there or in the Six Towns I will go by the usual road to St. Stephens. If I do not meet with unexpected difficulties I expect to be at the latter place or near it before a return express can meet me.
      With reasonable encouragement and time to send runners thro this extended nation I think you may count on eight hundred warriors at least I expect a much larger number but I may be disappointed  and I dont wish you to be so. Much however must depend on the pecuniary aid I may receive and the promises of reward you may be authorized to offer.
       About fifteen days ago the Choctaws killed a man near the Tombigby river proceeding evidently towards the towns--he was painted white from head to foot and was I have little doubt the bearer of talks from Appalachacola. I have the honor to be with very great respect & esteem your Obedient Servant

                                                                                          John McKee

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