Head Quarters, 7th. military District, Tensaw,
Novr. 16, 1814.
on the arrival of my army at this place, a box was discovered in one of the waggons; which, upon examination, was found to contain furniture belonging to the Church. Strict enquiry has been made how it came into the waggon; that just punishment might be inflicted on the individual, who had committed this sacrilege. It appears that it was placed there as a box of arms: by whom, the waggoner does not know.
I have directed the Quarter Master to take it, carefully, to Mobile; from which place, it shall be returned, with its contents, by the earliest opportunity, to the holy church. I will thank your Excellency to advise me where this box was deposited at Pensacola.
I had directed the colours taken from the flag staff at Pensacola to be restored before I left that place. This I find was neglected. I return them by the bearer, Mr. Steward. With high consideration and respect, I am your Excellency's most obedt. and very humble servant,
Major Genl Comdg
United States army