OSL JOHNSTON 'TO MEIGS
Piqua Aug. 21, 1812
Agreeably to your Excellency's orders I have delivered to the bearer hereof Gershom Gard, Ten Casks of Rifle powder of Fifty pounds each making 500 lbs. and Five Boxes of Bar Lead each containing 2 cwt. making 1120 lbs. net p her receipt inclosed. I have taken the liberty of enclosing to you Duplicate vouchers for this property which your Excellency will please to sign in your official character and return to me. nothing but the good of the public service and the critical state of our affairs on the Lakes together with your orders would have induced me to part with this property to be applied to objects different from what the Government had intended. The Delaware Indians are at Greenville in number about 400 no account of the Miamies or the Putawatimes they are unquestionably detained at the instance of Wells Several Indians lately come in says he told the Miamies not to come here If your Excellency does not return here I entreat as a matter of policy that you would remit the militia fines lately imposed on this frontier and direct that the Draft shall not in future reach those who are properly denominated frontier settlers. I need not go into detail to shew you the propriety of strengthening the frontier that is by keeping all those who are there at their post and to put arms into their hands of such as are now without any. if you directed a further supply I would take charge of them and oblidge all those who should receive them to give security for their safe keeping and delivery when called for again Should Michigan unfortunately be lost we may look for a general Indian War without fail
I have the Honor to remain with very great respect your Excellencys Mo. Ob. Hble. Servt.
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