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SIR, I have received your letter of the 28th of November, with the enclosed papers. Experience has proved, that the opinion which you had formed of the movements of the Spaniards on our South western frontier, is correct. After breaking up the French Settlement on the Trinity, it is stated, that they retired. In fact, a hostile movement, in that quarter, on the part of Spain, would at present, be absurd, and the apprehension which is said to have been produced appears quite unaccountable. Should farther Military operations, against the Indians and outlaws in Florida, become necessary, or should Congress authorize the occupation of the Country, the operations which you propose, would, certainly, be the most effectual and prompt mode of putting down all hostilities, and it could be effected with almost no additional expense.
I concur with you in opinion that the situation of Florida, at this moment, is very peculiar, and that it requires the early attention of Government. Its acquisition, in a Commercial, Military, and Political point of view, would be of great importance to us.
You, no doubt, are aware of the great importance I attach to the expedition to the mouth of the Yellow Stone, and as much of its Success will depend upon the Commander, I have to request that the ablest and most experienced officer of the rifle regiment, be selected for that Command. The remoteness of the position, surrounded by Indians, and in the neighbourhood of the British Fur Company, requires the greatest prudence, in the Commander to effect the objects of the expedition. Capt. Martin of that regiment is now in command of the expedition. As I do not know his merits, I leave it with you to determine whether he combines the requisite qualities for such a command.
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.