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Daniel D. Tompkins to Andrew Jackson, 21 April 1815


I am directed by the Legislature of this state, to transmit to you their unanimous resolution of thanks, for your gallant and glorious defence of NewOrleans; and to request you to communicate to your brave associates in arms, the grateful sense which the Legislature entertains of their services. 

I cannot, Sir, sufficiently express my admiration of that firmness and distinguished conduct, which saved from the ravages of an excited soldiery the capital of the district committed to your discharge. In most of the incidents of the late war, we have perceived displays of the military pretensions of our country; but this last achievement, both as respects the preparatory arrangements and the brilliancy of the victory, manifests, most distinctly and emphatically, how capable the american people are of the highest military results, when skilfully and courageously directed; and excites universal gratitude and applause. 

Be pleased, Sir, to receive the assurance of my exalted opinion of your talents and Services, and of my high respect and esteem. 

Daniel D. Tompkins

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: Andrew Jackson Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)