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Title:[Letter] 1814 Dec. 5, Pensecola [Florida, to] Commanding Officer[s] near Mobile [Alabama] / Jas. L. Armstrong : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Armstrong, Jas. L.

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Date: December 5, 1814
Extent: 2p
Summary:These are two letters dated December 5, 1814. The first is from Doctor Jas. L. Armstrong. He is describing British Naval movements. He believes the British are headed either for Mobile, Alabama, or New Orleans. The second letter is a statement by William Smith Richards verifying Armstrong's letter.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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Pensacola Dec [December] 5th 1814

I have obtained accurate and correct information that a large British force is now concentrating off this bar__ Destination most certainly orleans (& perhaps Mobile point as they pass, but of this I have not positive information) 70 or 80 Sail have already collected and as many are daily & hourly expected from Jamaca [Jamaica] and else where __ I have Just conversed with an american prisoner who has been on board 5 months and was taken as a spy and examined Adml [Admiral] Cochrane , Discharged & sent a shore last night from the fleet [unclear: has confirmed ] the above most positively__ and says that the officers boast that they will eat their Christmas dinner in Orleans

Sir Alex Cochrane commands the fleet and is now off this port__ Be in the alert for By the Gods I think you will have warm work from a view of the force collecting here

I Suppose this information will not be new,__ but if it is considered of much importance__ You may be assured that it is true_ the writer is known to Gen [General] Jackson Gen Coffee & most of the officers from Tennessee

Jas L Armstrong Surgeon
& on Detachment

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pensucola [pensacola] 5th Dec 1814

I have perused the foregoing & cordially add my full conviction of the correctness

Wm Smith Richards
[added: A. Copy from the Orriginal [Original]]
To any United States Officer Commanding near mobile or elsewhere_
[added: A Copy from the Orriginal] [added: copy of a letter
from Dr Jas L Armstrong
Surgeon on Detachm [Detatchment]
Pensucola 5th Decr 1814]

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