Letter from Andrew Jackson to Philemon Thomas

Head Quarters 7h. M. District
New Orleans March 4h. 1815

    Your letter was handed me yesterday, and without loss of time, I sent it with the messenger who delivered it, to the Quarter master General; who I had long since ordered to send one of his agents to receive and receipt. For the Corn-- If the Qr. Master had not before, he would immediately take some order upon it.
    Upon the Rect. Of this you will permit such part of the militia of your Division, as can be spared from the protection of the exposed points within your District, to retire to their Homes, holding them in a state of readiness to march at a moments warning.
    Your Discretion and sound Judgt. Will govern you in the number retained for the defense of the exposed points, as you are held responsible for their defense-- A Treaty has been signed at Gent on the 24h. Decr. Last, by the commissioners appointed. Accounts form the city of Washington as late as the 6h. Ulto. Makes no mention of the treaty having arrived-- and when it does, doubts exist, whether it will be ratified or not-- A state of suspence is not only the most Disagreeable but the most dangerous in a state of war-- Particularly where the defense is composed of militia-- they become uneasy and dissatisfied, and will be vigilent and ready to act on the shortest notice—Or our brave expulsion of the Enemy may ultimate in disgrace and surprise-- you will therefore direct your Officers at the out posts, to be on the alert & keep those in the interior prepared to move to any point, at the shortest notice I am Sir very respectfully Yr. Mo. Obt. Servt.

Andw. Jackson
Majr. Genl. Comdg.

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