OSL VAN HORN TO MEIGS
Zanesville 26th. Septr. 1812
In my last letter I had the honor to state the application of Col Williams to be discharged, and that a small detachment of Volunteers from this place had gone to the Forkes, to allay the fears of the Inhabitents, to whom I had delivered the few public arms which remained - they returnd in about two days reports that the alarm was frivolous -- however Mr. Moore arrived since, stating that nearly all the men being out with Col Williams, and with them all the Arms -- they must have a supply of arms & amunition or that many would remove - I consulted some of the principle Inhabitants who concerned that the demand (signed by a number of the prin- ciple Inhabitants of Cosihocton) should be complyd with, I accordingly sent ehm 12 Stand with 24 Cartriges cash.
I have also recd. a dispatch from Col Bay pleading to be discharged - that a great portion of his men must fail of geting in their fall crops, unless soon discharged both him & Col Williams, alledge that it is unsafe to leave the frontier unprotected, which will be the case if other Troops do not relieve them -- Capt. Beatty informs me he has orders for more Men from this quarter -- if so I know not where the relief are to come from.
I am just informd that a Troop of Cavelry from Westmoland Pennsya. will be here on Monday, on their way to join our forces in the West -- Whether a Company at or near each of those Block houses - or withe a chain of forts north of them, extending from Cleveland west to some point on Sandusky -- or a strong detachment at Sandusky , will but guard & se- cure the frontiers -- I would submit to your Excellency, at which a re- gular post or posts should be maintained by regular reliefs, untill the Enemy are routed beyond the Lakes. The Inhabitants up the Muskingum and its waters have got in a state of alarm and whether it be real, or imaginary, I know not, but there is no quieting of them without a cordon of Troops between the m and the Lake.
Genl Cass is not yet arrived, of course your letter to him or me I had inserted in the Messenger -- as the paper was set it could not be got in full, but its main purport, and has I think had an excellent effect.
Col Tupper & others, have procured the $300 pr. Capt. Beatty from my Office It would be a desirable thing that it, and the forms expenditure could be coverd by a draft on the Secy. at War.
Those now collecting want Tents & Camp Equipage, and I know not how they will be furnishd, if the Expenditures should not be coverd by some document from Government
I am Sir Your Excellencys Obedt. Huml. Servt.
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