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Title:[Letter] 1815 Dec. 7 Washington City, [to] W[illia]m H Crawford / Andrew Jackson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Jackson, Andrew

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Date: December 7, 1815
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written to William H. Crawford from Andrew Jackson on December 7, 1815. The letter discusses two French Fours, which are two four horse teams that Jackson found in Pensacola. The owners of the teams could not be identified and Jackson hopes that the United States will consider the teams their property so that he will not be monetarily charged for their upkeep.
Collection:Sir Emil Hurja Collection

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Washington City 7 Dec. [December] 1815

When I enterd [entered] Pensacola in the month of Nov. [November] 1814, a Battery in the main street mounted with two French Fours , was opened upon my column, which was immediately charged & carried. These peices [pieces], it is beleived [believed], were landed by the British, & were British property: — The Spaniards have never claimed them

Having good carriages they were conveyed to Mobile , where they remained until the restoration of peace, when the officer commanding at that fort ( Col. Wm [Colonel William] P Anderson ) was directed to have them, with their equipments forwarded to Nashville with the discharged militia: The Colonel dismounted them, & sent only the barrels.

The threatened hostility of the Indians on the Mississippi induced me to have them remounted & made ready for the field — The expence [expense] attending which (amounting to $ 258) has been paid out of the public funds, under the [unclear: rapposition ] that they had become the property of the United States

On this subject, the circumstances of which are thus laid before you, I wish some order to be taken.

If the government cannot consider them as the property of the nation & shall refuse to receive them the expence [expense] of recounting them will be charged to me & the guns [added: be subject to [unclear]] [unclear: resoudes ] at my [added: own] disposition

I have the honor & c [et cetera]
Andrew Jackson
Mjor Genl Comd. O. S. [Major General Commander of Service]
at my [added: own] [unclear: disposition ] Hon Wm [Honorable William] H Crawford }

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Washington City7 Dec. [December] 1815Genl A. [General Andrew] Jackson
[added: relative to the payment & c [et cetera] of Expences [Expenses] incurred in mounting 2-4 pounders taken at Pensacola & c [et cetera]] [added: Decr. [December] 1815]

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The Honble [Honorable] W. [William] H. Crawford Sec. [Secretary] of warpresent
[added: Capt [Captain] Woolley of the Order [unclear: Patting ] has been directed to take charge of the [unclear: Gant ] — J morton Dec. [December] 20 1815] [added: The Superintendant [Superintendent] of the ordonance [ordinance] department will take the necessary ordence [added: measures] to preserve the property & the [unclear: accsnitant ] will allow the [unclear: sin ] expended upon [added: in] remounting them[added: Colonel Bumford ]]

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