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CARLOS A NORTON [?] TO WORTHINGTON

Chilicothe April the 17th 1812

Hond Sir

I am again indebted to you for the favor of your letter of the 19th of March and since that time I have been principally absent from Chillicothe which is the only reason I have not troubled you sooner with a humble acknow- ledgement for the honor you have shewn me.

I was at Athens attending the Board of Trustees in confering with the Governor, when he received your letter announcing the news of 1200 men being required from this State, to march to Detroit -- this is now the only topic in the taverns and streets and the Governor left this place day before yester- day, on his way to Cincinnati -- on this business -- for the credit of Ohio -- it is to be hoped there will be no failure of dutyl Congress are now doing their part with becoming energy and may they inspire the patriotic flame among their Constituents.

I thank you for the information you gave relative to Mr. Morrow on tile sub- ject mentioned in my last, though it was the serious wish of many, that the answer might be different -- but since it is so, perhaps good policy will re- quire no decision in the Republican ranks -- in these portentous times -- the Governor has a disposition to conciliate & I think will be friendly -- he how- ever is already conserned for the measures of raising the 1200 volunteer corps - whether justly, or injustly you can better judge hereafter- I am fearful the Governor has depended too much on the patriotism of this and the Western division & that these will yet be a necessity for a draft on the militia in different parts of the state, - this would delay the expedition & reflect no great credit on our Soldiers - Genl Cass however is making preparation in Genl Buell's division -- and some companies will be raised in that quarter -- I will not therefore anticipate a failure even upon calculation, and the man who would hint an error (except confidentially) or in any manner discourage our people from volunteering -- I conceive would be criminal indeed. -- To morrow our Regiment here will meet & be called on to volunteer -- you will soon hear the result & I regret the prospect is not very flattering.

[Probably from Norton, though the letter ends here. ]

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