Letter to John Reid from Andrew Jackson

Head quarters 7th. M. District Mobile
11 oclock at night--

Dr. Sir

            At 5 oclock this evening thro' a confidential channel I recd. information, of the arival and disembarkations of two or three hundred british troops at Pensacola with large quantitis of arms amunition ordinance and ordinance stores, that the orpheus, with 14 sail of the line, large transports and 10,000 men were to reach Pensacola this day--that 14 sail of the line, large Transports and 25,000 of Lord Wellingtons Troops had reached Bermuda--and that the emperror of Russia had offered england 50,000 Troops to aid her & Spain to conquer and divide america--and in one month Mobile and all the country was to be in Possession of the British--do not think this chimerical, bloody noses there will be before this happens--but without immediate aid the feeble force here must bend before such an overwhelming force--and there is no doubt but there at least 35,000 British and Spanish troops on the coast & at Pensacola. I am anxious to hear from you whether you are coming on or not--the business is too great for Captain Butler and myself, and it will increase with the number of Troops--I have ordered every Indian to be enrolled as soldiers and put under pay, this will alone deter them from Joining the line of our enemy--and I have called into service the full quota authorised by the Secratary of war within 7th. District--I hope the Tennesseens will do honor to themselves, I did intend to have forwarded Inclosed to Colo. Butler a short Patriotic adress, I have not time and must request you to have it done in my name, we must act with energy and effect or rest assured that there will be as sudden a decline of our liberties at their was of the empire of Napolean my eyes are so sore and dim I cannot ee requesting you will write me and inform whether you will accept or not--
         with compliments to Mr. Reid, and all friends I am respectfully yr mo. ob. serv.

                                                                                                    Andrew Jackson

Courtesy of the Andrew Jackson Papers

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