Washington Mar. 24. 06.
I return you the letter you were so good as to inclose me with thanks for the communication. the real occurrences at Natchitoches & the Sabine had, as usual, swelled greatly on their way to Natches. the 500. horse were really but 20. who retired without opposition on Capt Turner’s requisition. the official reports of Majr. Porter & Capt Turner assure us of these facts.
Some unexpected occurrences have lately taken place here. the separation of a member of great talents & weight from the present course of things, scattered dismay for a time among those who had been used to see him with them. a little time however enabled them to rally to their own principles, & to resume their track under the guidance of their own good sense. as long as we pursue without deviation the principles we have always professed, I have no fear of deviation from them in the main body of republicans. here every thing is understood, & nothing apprehended but protraction of debate. it will take more time for the publick mind to understand the true state of things, but I have no fear that in a little time they will settle down with a correct view of them. Accept my affectionate salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect.