Letter from Andrew Jackson to Robert Hays

Head quarters 7 M. District
N Orleans January 26, 1815--
Dr. Colo.
     I have this moment recd yours of the 17th. am happy to find the ladies have started at last-- I hope there will be no danger from a return of the enemy--you say you wish I would write often, were you to see the business with which I am surrounded you would I know readily excuse me-- I rejoice to hear of the health of our friends there, and thank my god, we have all escaped here altho I do not enjoy good health at present-- I thank you for your attention to my farm, and beg you to see it now & then Tell Knox to take care of my stock, my colts & lambs particularly--
     I enclose you a paper including my adress and Genl order to the Troops since which, about Eighty prisoners has been taken--who state that the Total Loss of the enemy amounts to six thousand five hundred, and Major Genl Kean has died of his wounds-- It appears that the unerring hand of providence shielded my men from the Powers of Balls, bombs & Rocketts, when every Ball & Bomb from our guns carried with them the mission of death-- Tell your good lady & family god bless them-- & give my respects to all friends--aideu--

Andrew Jackson

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