OSL ROWLAND TO MEIGS
New Lisbon July 2nd. 1812
I this Moment received Your orders by Express and shall hasten with as little delay as possible to carry them into effect with respect to Marching to Cleveland & there taking water I would with all due defferance suggest (that as I presuiie the object is to get to the place of destination with as little expence and delay as possible) the propriety of going direct through Canton Immediately on to Sandusky the distance I should suppose would not much exceed 180 Miles whereas it is about 100 Miles from this to Cleveland and the uncertainty of procuring Crafts with many other difficulties would in my Opinion be attended with more hazard and expence than to go the whole distance by land In case this should meet your approbation you will be so good as to Notify me as soon as p ossible
I would however Mention that there are other and More serious diff- iculties to encounter the Volunteers a re scattered throughout the brigade which is large and owing to the length of time that has trans- pired have some of them left the state and all of them in a great degree given up the Idea of going supposing that their services would not be required. I Merely mention this as an appology for the delay that I cannot but Anticipate theVolunteers of Jefferson I believe are dayly expecting orders it would be a verry desirable thing with us and no doubt with them provided they should shortly receive Marching orders to move togather I shall however be prepared to attend to your directions in every particular I feel extremely anxious that [missing] delay which appears unavoidable may [missing -- not?] be a ttributed to w ant of spirit a nd promptitude on the occasion it is likely there might be time to receive an answer to this before we can be prepared to larch
I am Sir with High respect Yours &c.
His Excellency R. J. Meigs
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