OSL FOOS TO MEIGS
Franklinton August 25th. 1813
I have this Evening heard by express the very unpleasent Inteligence that the British and Indiens have landed at or near the Mouth of Huron and that the Inhabitents were flying from thet Settlement; the In- habitents of Dellaware and Knox Counties are much alarmed there are five or six companies Ordered from Franklin Country they start Tomorrow we are all bustle and confusion here I have written to Colo James Renick Commandent of the 3rd Brigd 2nd Division to detach a Batn. from his Brigd to march after us with all possible speed. I have also directed him to Order out a troop of Horse that I have under stood has march for Urbanna, I expect there is more need for them here to defend the fronteers of their own Division. you will therefore be so good as to order them to this place Immediately their Bagage Wagen is now here they will give it a direction to suit the Movement, we arein great need here of arms it is impossible to get arms for more than one half of the Men You will judge of the propriety of Sending Some Muskets over here, There is another difficulty, Provisions for Perhaps six or Eight hundred men cannot be gout with out Money. And there is not yet a Single Vestage of camp equipage; you will think of and write me by the bearer the result of your opinion on these Subjects, all the fronteers in Dellaware County are evacuated, nothing but an immediate and formidable force will serve; that and Knox Counties with Richland from great Injuries.
Accept Sir my esteem & regard
N.B. Messrs. Sterling and Dr. Lashmutt of this place have agred to furnish provisions at these rates at Dellaware, Sixteen cents upper Sandusky at Seventeen cents and so in proportion to distance they want your approbation and Advice on the Subject.
N.B. since writing the above I am informed that the Troop of Cavelary mentioned are from the 2d. Brgd but that will not be material -- if you could spare more Companies please to send them -- but prey send us arms and some money --
His Excellency R. J. Meggs
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