2.12.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from Alexander Cochrane

His Britannic Majesty's Ship
Tonnant off Mobile Bay
12th. February 1815
Sir,
     In consequence of the style which Captain Patterson throught proper to adopt in a letter that he addressed to me on the 23d January (a copy of which I beg leave to enclose, with some remarks upon the margin) I find myself precluded from making him any reply thereto, or of holding with the officer any further correspondence--
     But to prevent our respective Prisonrs suffering any unnecessary detention, I do myself the honor to communicate to you: that in order to fulfill the agreement for an Exchange of Prisonres entered into by Major Smith (aid de camp to Major General Lambert); upon the 27th. ultimo I sent His Majesty's ship Nymphe to the Havanna to receive from His Majesty's Ship Ramillies the one hundred of the Amberican Prisoners taken in the Gun Vessels, which she had carried to Sea.
     These with five Seamen, who for the purpose of being examined in the Vice Admiralty Court respecting the capture of the Gun Vessels, I have been obliged to send to Bermuda, but who are to be returned the moment the legal forms have been complied with, will compleat the number of American Prisoners which have to accounted for by the British Forces under the agreement of the 17th ultimo; and they shall be forwarded to you without any delay, so soon as they arrive in the Squdron--
     As it has been found very inconvenient the sending of Vessels to the Rigolets (those last sent not having yet returned, and are reported to be on shore) Colonel Livingston and myself have agreed that the Prisoners expected in the Nymphe shall proceed to the mouth of the Mississippi, and be delivered to the Officer commanding at For Plaquemiene.
     Having by this arrangement fulfilled the stipulations of our beforementioned treaty in which we agreed to the restoration of all the Prisoners that our Forces had made before we received from you any British Prisoners, it is but just that you should follow the same principle with respect to the Prisoners who have fallen into our hands by the surrender of Fort Bowyer; all of whom Major General Lambert and myself are ready to exchange as they stand upon the Lists (copies of which are enclosed) for such British Prisoners as you may cause to be delivered at the mouth of the Mississippi, after the first account has been finally settled, and on my part I will engage to send to the same place an equivalent of American Prisoners so soon as I am informed of the number and qualities of the British Prisoners received-- I have the honor to be Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

Alexr Cochrane
Vice Admiral and Commander in Chief
of His Britannic Majesty's Ships and Vessels
upon the North American and Jamaica Stations

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