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Title:[Letter] 1819 Apr. 15, Nashville [to] Maj[or] Gen[era]l E. P. Gaines / Andrew Jackson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Jackson, Andrew

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Date: April 15, 1819
Extent: 3 p
Summary:The following document is a letter written by Andrew Jackson on April 15, 1819, to Major General E. P. Gaines. Jackson writes to offer his encouragement and approval for the advances made by Gaines and his company against hostile Indians in Florida.
Collection:Sir Emil Hurja Collection

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Head Quarters Nashville 15th April 1819

Owing to my absence from Head Quarters your several communications bearing date the 29th December January 2d 9th 12th 16th 29th Feb [February] 27th and 1st of march with their accompanying Documents were not received until a few days since

The course you have pursued in relation to the conduct of the Commandants of St Augustine meets my highest approbation. The reoccupation of the [unclear: Floridairs ] by the Spanish authorities precludes the possibility of my adopting any other measure, either with regard to the confinement of Serj [Serjeant] Lanter , or the supplying of the Hostile Indians with ammunition, than to report the circumstances to the Department of War. I hope however such unwarranted aggression will not be [unclear: tacitly ] born by our Government

I regret the embarrassments you must have sustained in consequence of the want of funds

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in the Quarter Masters Department, but I presume you have been joined by an Officer of that Department previous to the present date. If however I should be mistaken in this supposition, be pleased to advise me of the fact, as early as practicable and an Officer with funds shall be ordered forthwith to your relief.

You have doubtless seen the Report of the Committee of the Senate on the Seminole Campaign and without the Diposition [Deposition] of (the Agent) Mitchel in which he labours [labors] with and regard to truth, to prove that, the late hostility of the Indians orrijinated [originated] in your attacked on Foul Fawn, I have done every thing in my power to vindicate your character, from this base and malicious charge, if you possess any documents in relation to this subject forward them to me, and they shall be placed in the proper Channel for your defence

I have the Honor to be Respectfully your Obt Serv [Obedient Servant]
Andrew Jackson
Maj. Genl. [Major General] E. P. Gaines

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From Major General Jackson
15th April 1819
Acknowledges the receipt of the documents in relation to Sergt [Seargent] Lanter &c [et cetera]
Recd. [Received] 27th Jun 1819
Ackd. [Acknowledged] 30th June
Copy forwarded Genl. [General] Gaines at Nashville 1st July [added: Recd. [Received] by Gen. [General] Gaines Aug [August] 27th 1819][added:
miscellaneous notations
][added: Recorded March 11th 1820]

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