OSL VAN HORN TO MEIGS
Zanesville 25th Apl. 1812
The Detachment has at length Moved down the River on Friday Evening last a new flat bottom'd Boat & two keel boats, with about 200 men, Viz Reynolds's Sandersons & Morrisons Companies, under the Command of Genl. Cass.
The Spirit of Volunteering now is such, that I have no doubt but another Company could be turned out here in a very short time.
Mr. Hough informs me that at Steubenville Genl. Miller has a Com any, but no Orders on the subject; Having no orders, In detail, of the several proportions -- and understanding that you would either omit the 4 Divi- sion, or detach them to some other point, I conclude it would be improper for me to order them on, as Mr. Hough advis'd, more especially as one detachment is now gone -- I did at Genl. Cass's request Issue an Order for a dfaft in Genl. Tuppers Brigade -- on the information recd. by him, of there failing intirely to procure Volunteers I hope it will meet your approbation. Wether he will enforce the draft, is however questionable - as there is it is said, great hostility to the service in that quarter.
Genl. Cass's Influence however, & the handsome detachment of Volun- teers from the neighbouring Brigades, now with him, it might reasonably be expected, would, insure a like spirit and induce a compliance, at least for our Company.
I hope my Son Isaac will acquit himself in his station as he ought. His activity & resolution I have little doubt off his youth & inex- perience, may make against him -- he will need advice, and his attach- ment to you, will influence him to adopt Whatever advice & line of con- duct you may prescribe you can easily imaagine how grateful it will be to me if you press on him, such instruction, as a Father ought to a son; it will come better, & have more effect, when coming from you, than from me, in his present situation.
I wish him to be frugal in his expenditures, but if his money should be short before you part with him, should be glad (if convenient) you would advance him a little, and I will be answerable on your return.
I congratulate you on the good new[s] of a commercial treaty with France[?], as announced in the papers -- if it be advantageous as ann- ounced, it will have a happy effect on the present emergency,
I am Sir, Your Excellencys Obedt. Huml. Servt.
I V Horne
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