Head quarters 7th. M. District Mobile
Sept. 12th. 1814
It is with extreme regret, that I learn from your letter the mutinous disposition that had made its appearance in your Regt. This is a bud, of that spirit that was excited by the officers of the Volunteers, and militia last fall, and the indulgence of the Governor, and thro his influence, that was extended to them by the General Government, I told him, would have a banefull influence on the service--but it must be checked or our independance & liberty is gone forever. unless checked a war cannot be caried on, a defence against that foreign coalition that we have every right to believe does exist, cannot be made--
I have ordered a general court martial to be held at Fort Jackson--a proper example will put an end to all further attempts at mutiny--and if the Troops or any part should attempt, to desert the Troops now organizing at Fayettville will be competant to apprehend them--on such an event, send an express direct to have them apprehended & confined--a few being shot, will learn the ballance that the have a country and the have rights to defend, and if the expect the protection of the law the must perform the duty of good citizens--we have various accounts of the British, the are in Pensacola--& would the government only say the word, we would soon have a frolic with sentiments of Esteem & respect I am yr mo ob. serv.
Major Genl comdg.