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Andrew Jackson to Daniel D. Tompkins, 18 November 1815


The resolution of the Legislature of NewYork, which you were charged to transmit to me, expressive of their gratitude to my^self^ & my brave associates in arms, for the preservation of New Orleans, was received in due time; but a multiplicity of engagements prevented me from acknowledging its receipt, sooner.

For myself, & for my associates, I beg to return the most sincere thanks for the kind measures in which that respectable body has been pleased to speak of our exertions. 

Undoubtedly those exertions were attended with very extraordinary success; but no more, I think, than we may always look for, when our cause is just, & Heaven is on our side. No people in the world, are more capable than ours, of the "highest military results" when they fight for the dear inheritance of their independence, if a fair opportunity be afforded them for displaying the qualities which really belong to them.  

I have the honor to be

most respectfully

Yr. Inst. Obt St

Andrew Jackson

Major Genl comdg 

D. of the South. 

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