Washington Feby. 14. 1816
The enclosed report from the Secretary of War gives such information as can now be afforded, on the subject of the Resolution of the Legislature of South Carolina transmitted in your letter of the 22d. of December.
The Magnitude of the object of the Legislature, so well enforced by your Excellencies own remarks, with the disposition heretofore manifested by Congress, justify a confidence that provisions will be continued for making the American people an armed nation, as the true Security for their remaining a free and independent one. Accept Sir assurances of Great esteem.