JOHN SLOANE TO WORTHINGTON
Canton 4th January 1812 -
I am truly sorry to learn from a letter I have seen this evening from you to Colo Gibson that he is likely to be removed from Office. I would be as far as any one from encouraging an inattention to official duties but if what I have from himself is true it is out of his power to come here unless his health be restored. I have no reason to suppose the old man would utter an untruth and therefore should feel hurt on his account should he be removed in his old days and as I presume in indigent circumstances -- I presume was his situation known to government he would not be removed & to you who know him as well as I do I need not observe the reason why he has not make it known -The people here are much pleased with the proceedings of the house of Representat- ives on the subject of our foreign relations and hope that the 12th congress will speek the voice of the nation. I observe that a law has passed to carry into effect the treaty of Brownstown or rather to open the roads contemplated by that treaty on that subject we feel great interest in this part and wish that commissioners may be appointed who will do justice to the public, and as you and your Coleague will doubtless be consulted permit me to mention my friend Genl. Reasin Beall of New Lisbon as a person well Qualifyed to perform such an undertaking.
We labour under great inconvenience here on account of the late arrange- ment of the Post routes in as much as it has cut us off in a great measure from the advantages derived from that establishment the imigration to our state has for the most cart been from east to west and a communication in that dir- ection is the only one of importance to us of this we have been deprived and one opened from Zanesville to this place which answers us no purpose except to correspond with members of the assembly during the session, this is not the route in which our business is done and by the fomer route by way of Lisbon we could hear from our correspondents at Philadelphia nearly as soon as we can now hear from those at Pittsburgh Sir addition to the present being a very cir- cuitous route it is also very uncertain being for the most part along the margin of the Muskingum River which has often to be crossed at pleaces where there is no inhabitants consequently many times impassable to us here is seems a little misterious that no Post road can be established east & w est between the lake and the water or national Road and that they can be run north & south where there is little or no necessity for them such for instance as the road from franklinton to Huron which is mostly through a wilderness, besides we can see no necessity for there being more Post Offices in the connecticut reserve than in all the rest of State when the Opoulation and wealth of that tract is not one 10th part we therefore hope that a Post road may be established from New [Lisbon?] through Canton to Wooster the seat of justice for Wayne County or at all events as far as Canton You will please to submit these hasty remarks to my friend Dr. Campbell
I am sir respectfully your obt sevt.
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