9.23.2014

Letter to Andrew Jackson from William Carroll

Nashville
September 23rd. 1814

Dear Sir,

                   I have Just recovered from an illness that has confined me for the last four weeks--and now hasten to give you an acct. of Genl. Coocks trial-- or rather the meeting of the members of the court to try him--I had urged the Adjt. Genl. from time to time to summon a certain number of Supernumerey members-- this however was neglected, and the dificulty that I had always foresaw, presented itself on the day appointed for the trial--viz--the nonattendance of some of the members--I was confined by sickness and the five members that were present formed themselves into a court--Got the Govr. to appoint a Judge advocate and proceeded with the business--on hearing it I remonstrated against the illegality of the procedure and through Majr. Searcy, obtained an adjournment--to meet the first monday in Decr. next--When all former dificulties, I hope, will be done away--The Govr. has seen the want of supernumery members, and will order them to be summoned--You have never informed me how you were pleased with the charges & specifications--My dear Genl. you need not fear, he shall have Justice. No exertion on my part will be wanting. It would be a disgrace to the state, were we to permit such a wretch to continue in office--Indeed every days experience shews me, that we have more such men in the country than I could have immagined--An Officer of high rank in a neighbouring county has done all he could against the present volunteering. Perhaps he may lay him self liable to an arrest, if so, Ill bring him to Justice. The better to do Justice to Genl Coocke, I have employed Whitesides and engaged to give him a fee of one hundred dollars I would rather pay that sum than he should escape--
              A few of the old volunteers belonging to the infantry, who remained with you during the Creek campaign, have not recd. pay, and as they can only be paid on certificate, and no officer being here authorized to give such certificates will you (that they may get Justice) authorize [so]me person to give such certificates When we left Natchez in 1813 a number of horses,  belonging to the cavalry, were delivered to the quarter master as unfit for service--Is there any way by which the owners can obtain payment--
           Please let me hear from; if you have any likelihood of hard fighting, I must go and see how it comes on--but my late illness and my brothers absence prevent it at this time--No local news In haste yr. friend
                                                                                      Wm. Carroll

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