Decr. 26th. 1814
Immidiately upon my arrival I visited the different vessels in Port, & can find none fit to mount a Mortar, that could be fitted for service in less than several days--but have selected a Brig laden with Cotton that will mount 2, 32 prs--which can be ready for service early to morrow, provided the men come in from Fort St. John. We shall work all night & in order to expedite the equipment I have determined to remain here till day light in the morning, when I shall proceed to my vessels, stopping at your Head Quarters on my way down--as the wind is at present the vessels will be compelled to remain in their present situation I trust we shall have a favorable change in the morning, when I hope to annoy the Enemy & anchor closer to your Camp; there are reports in Town that the Kentucky Troops are a few miles above Town, the truth I cannot ascertain; but trust it is so: I shall work all night to equip the Vessel with heavy Cannon; The nelson would require a greater number of men than we can obtain, and some days to bring into action. I have therefore preferred the Brig, which will I hope answer our purpose. I have the honor to be very Respectfully your obt. Sert.
Danl. T. Patterson