LEWIS BOND TO WORTHINGTON
Miami of the Lakes
Thomas Worthington Esqr.
In addition to what I did myself the honor to communicate respecting the Terri- torial government, by one of their laws the Property [of] Deceased persons goes to the Territory if no legal heirs comes forward in one year to demand it, and by another law males are obliged to do Militia duty from the age of 14. to 50. those laws must origi- nate with themselves as I know of [no] law exisiting in any states from which they could be adopted and no doubt some other laws exist of their Passing equally as re- pugnant to the will of the People for as I before observed the laws are not Promulgated those things I consider to be contrary to the ordinance of Congress consequently un- constitutional.
The Country sir on this river is generally level and the soil good with consider- able of Prairie land which Produce 50 & 60 Bushels of Corn per acre Wheat, oats, Rye, Buckwheat, hemp, flax, all produce equal to any County. Potatoes and all kinds of Vegetables Roots equal to any part of the United States, the River produces fish of several kinds in the greatest abundance. I know of no River in the United States that excells it, the land on the auglaize and the different Branches of it are of an ex- cellent quallity and will afford fine settlements, springs of good water are scarce, the whole bed of the Country is lime stone timber oaks hickory ash & cherry is not Plenty, and Black walnut & sugar tree are but seldom found, white walnut very Rare, it is believed we are situated about one degree South of Detroit which is in Latitude 42.42. as regard the interests of the United States and the Country I think and be- lieve the Prayer of the Petition forwarded you some time ago is fully expressive. I pray sir you will pardon my lengthy communications, but I could not convey my Ideas on less paper and in fact they are but feebly conveyed, and not in full as I could wish.
Any thing you will please to honor me with in answer to any part of my communi- cations will be highly agreeable to me.
I have the honor to be sir with with sentiments of the highest Respect yours most obedient and most Humble servt
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