This letter was written by Robert Carter Nicholas (1787-1856), the son of Wilson Cary Nicholas (1761-1820) and Margaret Smith. The letter was written while Carter was a Captain in the U.S. Army, 7th Regiment.
Nicholas later became a United States Senator from Louisiana. He served in the War of 1812 as a captain and major. He attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and moved to Louisiana, where he became a sugar planter in Terrebonne Parish in 1820.
He was elected as a Jacksonian (later, a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator-elect Charles E.A. Gayarre and served from January 13, 1836, to March 3, 1841. He was Secretary of State of Louisiana from 1843 to 1846, when he resigned; he died in Terrebonne Parish in 1857. Interment was in the Burthe vault, St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans.
Cpt. Nicholas wrote the letter to Callender Irvine (1775-1841), the Superintendent of the Military Stores of Philadelphia. He was the son of Brig. Gen. William Irvine of American Revolution fame.
Addressed to Callender Irvine, Supervisor Military Stores, Philadelphia
October 1st 1808
Enclosed I send you duplicate receipts in conformity to the instruction of your letter of July 21st 1808. I hope I shall be pardoned in observing that I shall very shortly be much in want of the winter small clothing for the troops.
I am very respectfully your obedient servant,
Ro. C. Nicholas
Capt., 7th Regt. Inft.