Manuel Andry to Governor Claiborne
[NA:SD Orleans Terr. Papers, XII]
[January 11, 1811]
We lay before our readers the following letter, addressed by the brave and respectable Mr. Andry, father, to his Excellency Governor Claiborne. It contains the most positive and latest intelligence from above.
To His Excellency Governor Claiborne.
I have only time to inform you in the shortest way, of the unfortunate events which have lately happened, and of which I am one of the principal sufferers. An attempt was made to assassinate me by the stroke of an axe, and my poor soon has been ferociously murdered by a horde of brigands who from my plantation to that of Mr. Fortier have committed every kind of mischief and excesses, which can be expected from a gang of atrocious bandittis of that nature. But at last notwithstanding all their nefarious deeds, their plot has been completely frustrated, and seeing that they were unable to perform it, they have come up to pursue their criminal course. With unremitting exertions and exhortations, I have been able to collect a detachment of about eighty men, and although wounded, I have taken the command of my brave fellow planters. We have been so happy as to meet the brigands, who were in the neighbourhood of the plantation of Mr. Bernoudi, colors displayed and full of arrogance. As soon as we perceived them we rushed upon their troops, of whom we made considerable slaughter. The spot was unfortunately unpropitious to cut off their retreat, so that many have been able to take to the woods, and the chiefs principally being on horseback, have made their escape with greater facility. I have hope we are now free from any fear of this plot, because it does not appear to be general. But we must make a GREAT EXAMPLE. I think a detachment of regular troops would be very useful for the tranquility of our coast, because I am obliged to order many detachments of militia to meet and destroy the remaining of those brigands. If we can take alive the chiefs, who I perfectly know, I consider the affair as entirely finished. I have several other informations to give you, but for the present I am too harassed and pressed by sorrow, and I will very soon transmit you further co communications.
Accept, Sir, the assurance of the profound respect, of hyour most devoted servant.
German Coast, January 11th, 1811