Letter from James Brown to Andrew Jackson

Dear Sir,

      A Rheumatism in my right arm and shoulder is so very painful as to render it difficult to write so as to be at all legible---I am however happy in informing you that your arrival in New Orleeans has in some degree revived our desponding spirits, and we now feel a hope that, uniting the exertions of all well disposed citizens, you will be able to render the important key to the western states impregnable. The whole island is a defile and cannon and batteries are in proper defence---These should be well chosen well supplied and numerous---New Orleans saved, every thing else can be regained even if lost That once in the power of the enemy will be retaken with difficulty if at all---The passes of Chef Menteur and the rigolats and lake Borgne cannot be too strong---We have induced the Secretary of War to send the Gallant General Gaines to assist you in case of accidents (from which may heaven preserve you) to supply your place. The latest papers from Georgia annouce the landing of a large British force at Apalachicola and teh Bermuda accounts state that the Cork fleet has arrived at that place. The times will try mens souls but I feel a hope that we shall be found equal to the emergency. Our frenchmen are brave and if by firm conduct but mild treatment they can receive an impulse in right direction, of which I entertain no doubt, they will prove themselves the gallant defenders of their country---We shall pass a Bill authorizing the President to accept state and Volunteer corps fort he service---I write with such difficulty and pain that I can only subscrible myself Dear Sir Your Obedient servt

James Brown

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