Head quarters 7th. M. District Neworleans
Decbr. 16th. 1814
your letter of the 13th. instant is Just to hand I regret exceedingly the sufferings of you and your Brave followers, and send to you one thousand dollars pr express to bring you here--
My letters have reached you, I hope the Tennessee and Kentuckey Troops, are heard of and will be here shortly--I need not say to you, to reach me by forced marches, it is enough to say, that [Lord Co]chrane is on our coast with about [eighty sa]il great & small, and report says has t[ake]n all our gun Boats in the lakes--I have still a hope it is not true--notwithstanding a naval officer reports that he saw the engagement & saw the gun Boats strike--
I am astonished that the T. & Kentuckey Troops are not up--If heard from, please to dispatch an express, to them to proceed night and day untill the arive--and notify the commander of the Detachment of the regular Troops to proceed without delay to this place--In great haste I am yours sincerely
Major Genl comdg.