CARLOS A. NORTON TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville Jany 8. 1812
I had the pleasure of receiving, a few days since, your favor of Decr. 22d. The bill, sent from the H. of R. repealing the 2d section, of the act, for commissioning certain officers, has, this day, passed the senate, with an amendment, providing, that the repeal of the section, shall not be construed, either directly, or indirectly to invalidate or disannul any appointments, made, by a former legislature; nor, in any wise, to affect commissions heretofore granted. Messrs Kirker, Purviance, & Irwin voted for it
Judge Thompson has been, to say the least, very imprudent. You have, doubtless, heard of his impeachment. His trial is fixed, for the 20th instant. Mr. Cass appears for him.
The H. of R. have appointed a commee. of seven members, to bring in a bill, dividing the State into Congressional districts. Colo. Huntington is in favor of a general ticket. I have the charity to believe, that he is governed by a patriotic principle, which begins at home. A general ticket would elect him. A district ticket would not.
The members of the legislature appear much gratified with your attention, in for- warding the news. Though it is, now and then, remarked, that Tammany men get the most papers. Colo. Huntington is unusually bitter against every thing that look like Tammany. In confidence, I state my impression, that he and his Yankee friend, Meigs, are at the bottom of all the stir, which has been made, this winter, about the sweep- ing resolution. I must freely acknowledge, that I have no confidence, in either of them. There is no Valur in Gileadl" Mr. Sterret does little good, or harm, He is as mute, as a fish.
Notwithstanding the situation, in which I stand -- I will state to you, and to you only -- that my belief is, that the seat of Govt. will be removed, this session, to Chillicothe. It may not be -- but things look favourable. You have, probably, heard that the commee, appointed, have reported favorable respecting the Govr. conduct.
I must apologize, for sending you the small scrap of poetry, which you were so polite, as to return. It was purely the effect of accident -- arising from both being in one pocket. It was designed, rather for the eyes of "Ellen", than for those of a senator in Congress. I cannot, now, answer your enquiry, "Who is Ellen?" In haste, I am, sir, respectfully,
Carlos A. Norton
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