Camp Stewart three miles in advance of Fort Strother
31st. Octr 1814--
His Excellency Major Genl. Andrew Jackson
On my knees in midst of wood have time only to say that my health is not as could wish but no doubt according to Pope--as good as it ought to be--I wish to put on an hickory face and instead of Pewter Iron feet and meet you as soon as our shanks can carry us--Genl. Taylor is the most anxious man I ever saw to press on and accelerate our march but the difficulties presenting themselves in our way not anticipated must plead our excuse if charged with tardy marches--The meazles--Pleurisy and flux has affected about one third of our men. We have buried several here among whom Lt. Colo. Anderson and officer universally beloved--Two men are dead last night and to be buried to day--We immediately take up our line of march The contractors ought to be (at least) politically D---d. The flour we draw is sour and full of insects Most Respectfully Your Obt. Servt.