JOHN HAMM TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville, Decemr. 2d. 1811.
The legislature commenced its sitting to day. The candidate for speaker of the lower house were Corwin and Huntington. As usual the latter was found upon trial too light -- the former beating him 8 votes! This is considered by our friends as a triumph of no small importance. All the rest of the officers both of the upper and lower house stand as heretofore.
It is believed there is a small, but firm majority, of Democrats in both houses, determined upon supporting the present state of things in the state, the exertions of Geo. Jackson, and Saml. Huntington to the contrary notwithstanding. Assure yourself that, there is a deeper game playing by His Excellency and Co than, perhaps, you are aware of, his professions of support to the contrary notwith- standing. But more of this by and bye. This in coniidence.
I have recd. Dr. Campbell's letter on the subject of our P.M. here. It is to us very strange why we are so treated, by the P.M. General - Certiinly we dont deserve such usage from his hands! But it is possible we are all wrong ourselves.
I was pleased to understand that Ohio will be entitled, by the fixing of the new ratio,. to Six additional representatives. This number I think, will be the proper compliment. I am told it is in contemplation by several members of the legislature to endeavor more completedly than heretofore to draw the line of separation between the parties in this state. The plan is to do it by address to the President, couched in such energetic & plain language that he that runs may read.
But I fear this will not answer the intended purpose, and that many will fall in and cry out Abba Father!
We look in this quarter of the state for measures to be adopted by the general government which may be really energetic, and .lo longer temporizing.
You will have heard of the Indian battle before this reaches you. Our army although victorious may be said to have come off with very little to boast of: Indeed, I am surprized it was not totally cut to pieces.
remain Dr Sir, your Friend and Humb Sert
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