JAMES CALDWELL TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville 6th January 1812
I Received your letter of the 26th Ultimo, and am much pleased to hear that Congress appears in earnest respecting war (in preparation at least) Should they go no further, thus far I presume will not be destitute of beneficial affects -- Before this reaches you, the Bill which passed the Senate for raising 25000 Troops, will probably have received the concurrence of the house of Representatives, a portion of this army will no doubt be raised in the state of Ohio and all ready have several recommendations been forwarded to the war office for Commissions.
Mr. Samuel Booker, a citizen here, has been recommended, by the principle Demo- crats of this place, and such of the Members of the General Assembly as he is acquaint- ed with, the recommendations have been forwarded to our representation in Congress requesting their Joint exertions to procure for Mr. Booker the appointment of first lieutenant -- permit me too to add my recommendation to theirs, Mr. Booker is a young man about twenty two or twenty three years of age, respectable in his appearance, sober stedy and industrious in his habbits and firmly attached to the present adminis- tration, such are the materials in my humble opinion out of which the army of the United States ought to be formed -- Should Mr. Booker meet with an appointment I have no doubt but he will do honor to himself and render entire satisfaction to his country -- I have nothing particular to add but sentiments of great respect & Esteem
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