CARLOS A. NORTON TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe March 26. 1812
In reply to your last favor I shall trouble you, with, but a few remarks.
I was sensible that my application for a captaincy was rather late. I knew it was too late, for me to attempt to procure recommendations, even were they necessary; And besides I had too much pride to solicit recommendations, except, from those who had, previously voluntarily proferred them. They live in remote parts of this State.
I thank you for the friendly manifestations of regard, contained, in your letter. But I wish to be explicit. It is known to no one, except Mr. Kinkead, that I have applied for a commission. If I am unsuccessful, I do not wish it known.
If I cannot receive the commission of Captain -I do not desire any. Rather than accept any appointment inferior to that, I will go as a volunteer. Higher than that, I do not, at present, aspire. If, in actual service, I receive it. If I should not be found to merit promotion, I never should ask, not expect it.
I understand that Stokes, Anderson & Langham have received commissions. I believe they deserve them. And something within me, says, I ought not to consent to take rank under them.
I do not wish you, to give yourself much trouble on this subject: For, I know, you have more than sufficient to engage all your time and attention.
I must, once more apologize, for calling your attention, so often, to the perusal of my letters. From your situation, I know, you must have quite too many and too tedious correspondents.
I m, very respectfully
C. A. Norton
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