Letter to Rachel Jackson from Andrew Jackson

August 23rd. 1814

My Love--

         I reached this yesterday, after a voyage of ten days sail in good health, passing down a beautiful river, washing a meandering and fertile bank upwards of three hundred miles, with abundant fine springs, and some of the most beautifull bluffs fronting extensive and rich bottoms that the eye ver beheld--This situation is too low for either beauty or health--and surrounded by marsh on the margin of the river, and in its rear with a perfect pine barron--but about forty five miles up the river the marshes cease the land is rich & fertile--and its elevation increases as you asscend the river; I have do doubt but in a few years, the Banks of the allabama will present a beutifull view of elegant mansions, and extensive rich & productive farms and will add greatly to the wealth as well as the security of our Southern frontier--
       My arm has broke, and has been running for some days, and has become painfull, I entertain some fears, that it will rise and break in the underside, I hope this will not take place before I can reach you, for which I will set out in two weeks from this date unless prevented by the appearence of an enemy or bad health neither of which I hope will intervene, so as to prevent my return at the time proposed--I have ordered the garrison at Mobile Point, which had been abandoned by the orders of Genl Flournoy, to be again occupyed by our Troops--The Troops sailed yesterday with the ordinance, had a fair wind and I hope encamped in the Fort last night--this Point is thirty miles down the bay from this and which I will vissit in a few days--This done, and some arangements with Governor Holmes and Claiborne, I shall set out for the Hermitage, and rest for a few weeks, if permitted, and then with you and my little Andrew decend the river to Neworleans--This rout Taken, I hope will close the war in the south--and give me leave to retire to a domestic life, the only one desirable--
      give my compliments to your sister Caffery Giney & Peggy--and all friends--If you see Genl Coffee say to him, the allabama, far exceeds any conception of fertility, and advantages that I had conceived--and say to Capt. George Smith--that I regret he was not with me, that this country would have been a feast to him to have explored, and the advantages of Inland navigation, makes the prospect of wealth much greater than any country I know of--16 million of acres of this land is the fruits of our toils & {danger} labour last winter & spring and will produce to the united States a revenue of at least thirty millions, and give security to our southern frontier--be pleased to present my respects to Mr & Mrs. Anderson Nashville, & to all friends, wishing you good health, and a calm mind untill I have the pleasure of meeting you, I remain affectionately yours &c &c

                                                                                                       Andrew Jackson

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