JOHN MCDONALD TO WORTHINGTON
poplar ridge Decr. 9th 1811
I wish to trouble you, to attend to obtaining patents for the following surveys now in the Secy of wars offices To Wit No. 5089 1066 2/3 acres No. 5765 - 1000 acres and No. 5088 - 500 acres all Entered and Surveyed in my Name - If the patents have issued please to send them on to me. If they have not issued, nor you cannot obtain them, please to send me the particulars of what hold them back.
From Indian news, and what has come to hand of the proceedings of Congress, and the firm step that they present congress is expected to tread, Expectations are raised of Continued hostilities, not only with the indians, but with a more powerfull and perfidious foe, if such should be the event, it will require all the sagacity and courage our cittizens posses to Extricate us from the impending storm, that has commenced its ravages in the west, which is haply checked, but God only knows where and when it will commence again. It is my opinion that the tomyhawk ought to have been unburied long since, As I have no doubt but a large portion of all parties will, and would Support the Government, whether our Enemies wear red or Green coats - We are Expecting orders to have men raised by vollenteer Enlistment or otherwise, I expect I will be able to raise a Company in the regt. I command; I intend to take a part in the Comin war, and will be Easy whether I march to the west or South, Should the war Continue, I would like to take a hand with the regular troops, Should you think proper, to procure me a command (not below the rank of Captain) I hope my conduct wherther is peace or war would not cause a blush to my patron. As I have no acquaintences in the Senate, nor house of representatives, nor influencial and willing Friends to recommend me my chance of a station in the regular troops of my country depends on you alone. If you think my abilities and Courage Equal to the task, (if need be) you will recom- mend, of Course, to the Notice of the president and Senate - If not I must stick to the Militia and Endeavour to force my self into Notices.
I remain sir with Esteem your most obedt Servt
Genl T Worthington
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