2.13.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from John Stokely

Washington City Febr. 13th 1815

Sir
     I ariv'd at Richmond (from my residence) on the 9th of octr last was engaged at that City in Business until the 21st of Janr., & I asure you that Great anxieties existed in these parts for your success. Hopes & fears prevailed alternately amongst the Patriotic Citizens of the East here, for the safety of New Orleans, until the 4th of Febr now Inst., when the Glad Tidings of your encounter of the 8th of Janr. arived, on the News of your victory the Eyes of Every real american sparkled with emotions of Joy; still derogatory as it may be to this vicinity, I must say, that in many faces I thot. I saw impressions of sorrow. This in a small degree, accounts for the success of the enemy here in august last; but that misfortune cannot be charged to a Lack of Patriotism only, (as I believe) a lack of vigilence, & of Bravery too, combined with disafection, and produced that Evil. I do Therefore the more exult at your success, as it afoards the strongest evidence, that this Eastern, & Polished Country, does not possess all of the wisdom & Gallantry belonging to the U.S.
It was only Two or Three days, before the news of your victory Below orleans, arived to this place, I Told the secretary of war, that "Possibly you might be defeated, by the Balls and Bayonetts of a superior number (but not by Guinees, Dollars, or a Dastardly surrender)." Permit me to congratulate you sir, on the Immortal Honor which you have Honistly & Gallantly won; to assure you that your activity & uniform success, has ( as I believe) rendered you, justly, very Popular amongst the american People; & I do conceive that you ought to fill the Chair of the Chief magestrate of this Union in March 1817: for surely the greater the Demand, & the scerser that any commodity is, the High the Price; and Every Body knows that according to this maxem, Bravery ought to rate high about this maropolis.
     I for one do think that our Executive has no energy. I conceive, we hare entitled to a President from the west, & I am the more anxious for this; because, I believe, our late Presidents in the East here, have paid too much Court, to the Federal Faction. Like good Christians "when smitten on one Cheek they, Passively Turn the other also." I should be Glad to hear from you sir, at all times. I still reside in Wood County, Virginia, shall set out to day for that place-- Please Present My most friendly wishes to Capt. & Mrs. Caffery, Cousins Eliz & Polley. I hear they reside at Natchez--(& when you git home) please present my best wishes to Mrs. Jackson, & the Donelsons Generally, & Accept them yourself.

John Stokely.
14 Febr 1815

Courtesy of the Andrew Jackson Papers Project

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