Great Crossing. Scott County 13th. Augt. 1816
I have not had time before this, to express our deep concern at a report that attempts will be made to have the military deposite at Newport within my congressional district removed to some other quarters. I have already written to the Sec of War on this Subject but it is of too much importance to us & also to the nation in case of war to fail in our duty to call your attention also to this matter. In case of war there is not a position west of the mountains more important than Newport as a military depot independent of the valuable works at that place. Other considerations might be urged on this occasion but the Works & the commanding & safe position are Sufficient at this time. We feel a confidence that no such Step would be taken in haste. Our Election is over & I have Succeeded by a majority of about 1000 votes upon a vindication of the Compensation Bill With the higest veneration & respect your ob. Sert.
Rh: M. Johnson
DNA: RG 107—LRRS—Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Registered Series.