5.23.2015

Letter from Andrew Jackson to Alexander James Dallas

Head Quarters 7th. M. District
Nashville
23. May 1815

Sir
     I hasten to reply to your letter of the 12th ultimo, which I have, this moment, received.
     The express which was forwarded from the war department on the 14th. February, bore an open letter of that date from the Postmaster general stating that he was charged with dispatches relative to the peace; but when the pacquet was opened it was found to contain nothing but a letter from the sec. of war of the 13th directing me to raise 2 Regiments for the defence of the 7th District & a few copies of the Act of Congress authorising it.
     The letter of the 16th. February communicating the ratification of the Treaty, did not arrive til a considerable time afterwards-- So soon as it did arrive its instructions relative to the disposition of the troops under my command were strictly attended to.
     As explanatory of my conduct, & of the motives which influenced it during the late invasion of Louisiana, I enclose you, for the inspection of the President the Answer which I had prepared on a Rule to shew cause &c. issued from the District Court of which Mr. Hall is judge. It will be found I believe, to refer to most of the matters of which the President has received secret intelligence. I shall feel a satisfaction in going into a more particular explanation & defence of my several acts when my accusers can be known, & it shall be thought necessary.
     I persuade myself the President will have no objection to furnish me with the names of those persons who transmitted to him the communications & complaints to which you allude. I have but little doubt they will be found to belong to those who would have betrayed their Country, or skulked from its defence.
     If the peculiar circumstances under which I was compelled to act, do not justify the measure I pursued I neither deserve confidence, no am ambitious to retain it.
     The consciousness of the manner in which my exertions were directed to the performance of my duty as well as the expressions of approbation which the result of those endeavours has drawn forth from my countrymen in general & from those in particular among whom I immediately acted have indeed afforded me great gratification--such as I cannot be deprived of nor easily disturbed in. I have the Honor to be Sir with great respect yr. obt st

Andrew Jackson
Major Genl comdg.
7th. M. District--

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