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their error, are unwilling to be thought inconsistent, and, therefore, never acknowledge the falsity of the course of reasoning they have once adopted.” We are not, therefore, unaware of our exposure to censure, in the publication of this work, from those who may not subscribe to the character delineated of its subject. But the task has been begun and completed with purity of motive and honesty of purpose, and whatever animadversion may fall to our share, we trust will be met in a becoming spirit of forbearance. We have not the vanity to believe that any thing it contains will influence a solitary individual in his opinion of the merits or demerits of Andrew Jackson for the station he now occupies; yet we have the satisfaction of reflecting, that the suspicion of being influenced by such a motive, can with no degree of justice be imputed to us, for its circulation, whatever it may be, will have only commenced before his political destiny will have been decided.
For the imperfections of this work, our readers will undoubtedly exercise a proper degree of indulgence -It is before them, and will have its day-it will receive its meed of approbation and censure, and be forgotten ; but the fame of the illustrious man, who is the subject of it—his exalted patriotism_his Roman virtue-his unyielding firmness when surrounded by the most disheartening and inveterate difficulties -his skill and energy in planning and completing the defence of his country, in the seasons of her greatest peril--his daring courage in the day of battlehis upright and fearless discharge of the highly responsible duties appertaining to the presidency of this mighty communion of states, will live, as noble examples, inspiring the love of glory and virtue, long after the present generation of men, their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, are mingled with the dust of buried ages.
For the materials which compose this work, we have availed ourselves of every thing within our reach, whether furnished by friends or enemies. For the defence of several of General Jackson's public acts, we are indebted to an able writer of Virginia. A small portion of the detail is in the language of others who have heretofore written on the same subject, and which has been used without the usual mark of credit; other characteristics, however, will readily distinguish it. An appendix had been contemplated, for an amplification of some of the parts which constitute the body of the work: the extension of the volume, however, beyond its original design, has rendered its omission necessary.
t-Indian hostilities-General Harrison checks them- - The South-
ern tribes Tecumseh appears among them-Excites them to hos.
tility—The Creeks— Their hostile preparations-Acts of congress
for raising volunteers-General Jackson addresses the militia of his
division-His expedition to Natchez-Disobeys the order of the se-
cretary of war—Is justified-Creek war-Massacre of Fort Mi.nms
-General Jackson marches against the Creeks—Battle of Tallus
hatchesGeneral Jackson's and General Coffee's report of it.
Tennessee forces Message of General White-Fortress of Tallalega
-Its danger-General Jackson advances to its protection-General
White refuses to form a junction with him-General Jackson crosses
the Coosa - Battle of Talladega-Official report of it-Consequen-
ces of General White's conduct-General Floyd-Battle of Autous-
Beo—Official report of it -Difficulties of General Jackson's situation
-Famine and matiny among his troopsHis firmness-Arrival of
supplies--1'iscontent of his troops continues-Governor Blount
His instructions-jeneral Jackson dismisses his corps-New troops
raised (tietui Clwborne--His victory upon the Alabama. 52
The safety of New Orleans menaced-General Jackson commences
his march for that place --Defenceless situation of Louisiana-Disaf-
fection among the inhabitants-General Jackson arrives at New
Orleans-Despondency of the people—His exertions in their behalf
- He addresses them, and makes preparations for defence-Defec-
tion of the French population-Causes that led to the proclamation
of martial law-General Jackson proclainis it-Defence of the mea
General Jackson returns to Nashville-Receives the congratulations of
his countrymen-He is appointed commander-in-chief of the southern
military division of the United States—Vote of thanks to him, from
the Tennessee legislature-Repairs to Washington-Receives the
congratulations of the citizens of Lynchburg at a public dinner-
Returns to Nashville --Proceeds from thence to New Orleans-Grato