November 10. 1814
I am at this place loitering about and perfectly unemployed, having come on, with our mutual & worthy friend Colo Pope; while thus situated, from the high respect which I entertain for your person & character, I feel a desire to give you some account of passing events here--believing they will not be unacceptable to you.
I have only been here since Saturday and cannot be as well acquainted with the views of Government as a longer time might have afforded me--however, the Colo has this morning with my brother & self had an interview with the President, Messrs Monroe, & Dallas, and in relation to our freind believe no difficulty of much magnitude will arise in his Settlement with the war department, or, in procuring advances, for the purpose of Complying with your late requisition on him, for deposits at Forts Strother, Williams, & Jackson--The Executive and Heads of departments are feelingly alive, to the events of the operations of the enemy in the district under your command, and I believe, feel gratifyed at the disclosure of our impressions, of your being able to defend Mobile and orleans from any probable force the enemy make an attack with--
The Intelligent members of both houses of Congress appear to be determined to place a large force at the Command of the Executive, and place the Fiscal concerns (which are much deranged) of the nation on a solid Basis--of their success in the latter I entertain no doubts, but I have some on the other--the plan which I think most likely to succeed is now before the Senate which in the estimation of members appears most effictient, most likely, speedily, to get in the field, & most, freed, from Constitutional objections, to wit to call out militias for two years, to serve only in their own & adjoin'g state--with inducements to enlist into the regular service, by holding up to their Interest a bounty of 320 acres of land and a large money bounty--with other details giving exemptions from militia service when Individuals will furnish a recruit for the war &c--
On the subject of the disgracefull destruction of this place, a Comee. on that subject waits only answers to some letters, to report, which will be Interesting to the nation, by enabling it to set their hostility & resentment where it properly belongs--a sufficientcy of evidence is already in their possession, to stamp disgrace on Winders military capacitys--
An Intelligent & influencial member of the Comee. on the subject of thanks tender'd to military officers, informs me, in relation to yourself, that you stand with national men as high as those to whom thanks were rendered, but the same unanimity could not be obtained towards yourself, the Eastern members alleging it was mere savages you had Conquered &c. &c and this unanimity constituted its value--with high Consideration and respect and Obediently ys,