11.16.2014

Letter to Mateo Gonzalez Manrique from Andrew Jackson

Head Quarters, 7th. military District, Tensaw,
Novr. 16, 1814.

Sir,

       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,

                                                                                Andrew Jackson
                                                                                Major Genl Comdg
                                                                                United States army

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