OSL VAN HORN TO MEIGS
Zanesville 4th. Augt. 1812.
The public Arms have arrived. Mr. Baker delivered me thirteen Boxes of Arms & three hundred twenty five Cartouch Boxes -- Mr. Baker had no Invoice or any other document by which I assertain the quantity committed to his Charge on his demand I gave him a Recet for 13 boxes said to con- tain 25 Stand ea ch --
I had them unpacked as soon as possible and found one of the Boxes contained 13 stand only, & one other Box 24 only making the Whole 311 Stand delivered. One Box of 25 I delivered to Major Tod. Mr. Baker hesitated in making his charge between $60 or a dollar pr. day &c having no direction from you to pay him, and not knowing how the deficiency occurred I paid him nothing. Indeed his conduct appeared suspicious -- insisting upon a receipt before I could get the Arms hauld up & unpacked to asscertain the amount
Detaching the quota of the 5000 Militia here drags heavily. I fear they ha ve caught the Anti------ from Marietta [?]
The friendly Administration here, apprehensive that our patriotic Army under Genl. Hull may meet with disasters, and possibly fall a sacrifice there, before relief is afforded, are organizing a Volunteer Company with a view of tendering their Services, to march on the shortest Notice, in case of need. I promised them Arms to encourage them. If I am incorrect please drop me a line --
I have prepared a circular Notification to go in the Next Muskingum Messenger, & with it a request for [illeg.] of papers generally to republis -- Reminding the Commanding Officer of Divisions, Brigades &c. to make out and forward Rank Rolls, seting forth the dates of Commissions, the time when the Various flank Companies were organized &c without which it will be impossible to answer the various and continued applications for such Information.
I am happy to inform you that Mr. Buckingham has taken a stand for the Administration, & War, and has enrolled himself in the Volunteer Company, now Organizing -- It will be composed of Men of the first stand- ing -- they objected to me on Account of Age, but have Mr. Marple on the Roll
I am all anxiety for the fate of our little army under Genl Hull -- a repulse would be attended with se[rious] consequences . - having to Garrison the posts behind them, it must weaken them very much
I am Sir Yours Excellencys Obedt. Huml Servt.
His Excellency R. J. Meigs
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