Head quarters 7. M. District near Pensacola
7. Nov. 1814
I have this moment heard that Captain Dinkins has not been permitted to enter the Fort. This conduct of the Commandant cannot longer be born. It must be owing to a preconcerted plan to produce delay, from the anticipation of a reinforcement of the British.
I send you two hundred and fifty additional troops for immergencies. If you are not placed in possession of the Fort by six oclock tomorrow morning, you will have the Batteries opened on it , and we will try what effect the Artillery, and scaling ladders can produce.
You will assure the officers if I am longer tantalized that the steel will not be spared. I am respectfully yours &c.
By command. Thos. L. Butler
Ai. De. Camp.