Head quarters 7th. M District Mobile
Octobr. 21rst. 1814
Yours of the 11th. Instant is this moment to hand The moment they Troops can be organized, you will please to direct that Those from the western Division of the state, be ordered direct to Neworleans, those from the Eastern Division, direct to Fort Claiborne by way of Forts Strother, williams & Jackson should any Troops be ordered from Kentuckey, they will from present prospects have the same direction as those from west Tennessee-
I am truly gratified to hear that Colo Carrol is elected Major Genl of the 2nd. Division, he will give energy and proper tone to the militia--it is much wanted. The soldiers are the best meterials, but the militia are surely in a great measure cursed with officers--reguardless of commissions or their dates at this Crisis, the best materials must be brought into the field--I hope Carroll may command the Division--you will remark that when I address you officially I do it as the representative of the Governor--to whom you will please present my respects, and say to him time at present will not permit me to answer his letter of the 8th. instant which is Just to hand--Genl Coffee is near at hand--The Infantry not heard from, but fears are entertained that they are detained for the want of supplies--I have sent on a quartermaster, if they have failed, with orders to purchase at any price--and if they have failed, I will make their Pocketts sweat at every pore--but still this does not remedy the evill--for the want of means I have been two long stationary I am preparing for opperations as soon as the means arive--I am sir verry respectfully your. mo. ob. serv.
The Troops when organized had better be sent on by regts and Batalions, if Boats can be obtained, let them descend the river if not the must be marched over land, dispatch is the object, and to have the Troops at their proper stations in due time all important--Present me to Genl Carroll--and if he is ordered into service let him write me--and he will without delay receive proper instructions--