SAMUEL FINLEY TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe July 2d 1812
We appear, at length, drawn into this Vortex of War. It becomes our bounden duty to promote unanimity and to strengthen the hands of Government. I hope every American will evidence his attachment to his country by maintaining his interests and defending her rights: divisions at this time might be fatal. It appeared to me and still does, that had the declaration extended to both the belligerent powers, all opposition, among ourselves would have ceased. It may be best as it is. Time will develop the mystery.
I have received a letter from a Gentleman of the name of Thompson of Steubenville with Whom I have had some aquaintance and of whom I think well. I was pleased with him, and reports speaks well of him. He tells me that the office of Register of the Land Office at Canton, is, and for a length of time, has been in the hands of the Clerk, that Colonel Gibson is through infirmity, unable to attend to the business; and by a Gentleman, lately from there, I am informed that the Colonel, lately attempted to visit his Office, (he has been lying at his sons) and after making some progress that way, was obliged to return. If the Office is to be supplied by a new Register I conceive Mr. Thompson, who is a Nephew of Govr. McKean, as correct a person as could be selected. I presume you can have satisfactory evidence of his qualifications from Messrs. Jennings and Lytle, who I expect are members from Pennsylvania; and, no doubt, the representation from Delaware (of which State I believe he is a native) can vouch for him. He is a friend to the administration and to his Country. Should you feel a disposition to speak in his favor, I think you will have no reason to repent of it; and I shall fell myself additionally obliged.
Dr. Sir, do not think your proceedings, in the late important transaction, will be reprobated. On the contrary, I assure you, as far as time and circumstances have enable me to know, they are highly approved. But, as I have already said, it becomes us all, with heart and hand, to support the measures adopted, and the dignity of our Government
May God bless you. I am Dr. Sir Your Obedient Servant
P.S. Could you not obtain draughts to be made on our Bank for the military department.
Honble Thos. Worthington Washington
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