2.28.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from John Howe et al.

Boston 28th. Feby. 1815.


Sir,
    The Republicans of the Senate of Massachusetts take the liberty to address you on a subject highly interesting to themselves, the United States and the world.  The conspicuous station you have lately occupied, & the important part you have acted, with so much honor to yourself and benefit to your Country, must, we are aware, have perplexed you with the grateful effusions of a people, proud of your achievements and astonished at your successes.
      Yet it is hoped, that even the “small voice” of the minority of the Senate of a state, remote from the theatre of your illustrious deeds, of little repute, in arms, and, perhaps less in patriotism, will not be unacceptable to one, who well knows how to discriminate between a temporary, dominant party, and those, who, in the midst of discouragement and, in spite of opposition, have endeavored to support the union and liberty of their Country.
    Had your last and greatest exploit stood alone, had it not been preceded by deeds of military enterprise, bravery and skill, achieved by yourself and others which shed a luster round our country, established its reputation and insured its glory, it might be apprehended that our exultations was excessive and our gratitude enthusiastic.
    But when we consider your defense of the lines near New Orleans on the 8th of January, it excites our admiration, as the most illustrious among illustrious deeds, and, like the chief of the andes, rising in majesty, above the surrounding mountains.
    We should not, at this time, have obtruded, on you, our individual feelings, had not a resolution, offered by the Hon. Mr. [John] Holmes, to this Senate, expressive of thanks & approbation, experienced an extraordinary fate. It was committed, and, after much delay and embarrassment, was reported, with a very offensive preamble, denouncing the war, as unjust, and the Government, as improvident and wicked in a stile of extreme virulence and invective, and concluding, with an expression of approbation to yourself & companions in whatever related to defensive warfare. This, after an unsuccessful attempt to strike out the offensive part, we were constrained to oppose, as containing a censure under the pretext of approbation.
    Our feelings, Sir, are unequivocal, unreserved, grateful and ardent—We look upon our naval and military officers and men, as the brave and patriotic defenders of their Countrys rights. As such we address them—as such we respect them, and as such ,permit us Sir, to tender you and your brave companions in arms, the sincere homage of our thanks and gratitude for your unparalleled victories & triumphs over a very brave and powerful enemy-- You preserved Louisiana from incalculable distress, delivered our western brethren from a powerful and predatory foe and earned for yourselves & your Country imperishable Glory.
    Our Country has terminated a glorious war by an honorable peace-- We look with pleasure and pride upon our present situation and future prospects—a situation which you have contributed so much to render happy, honorable & glorious-- Prospects which your valour and patriotism have made most interesting and flattering.
    You and your companions will soon separate and return to the bosom of your friends and your Country-- May you long enjoy the high confidence, respect and love, which your valour, skill and patriotism have so richly, earned, and the smiles of that almighty Being, who has led you to splendid deeds, and has crowned your efforts with victorys and glory.
John Howe        John Holmes
Mark Langdon Hill     Martin Kinsley
Walter Folger Jnr.    Edmund Foster
Joseph Bemis     Timothy Fuller
Saml. Hoar   Albion K. Parris
Wm. Moody     Daniel Kilham

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