SAMUEL FINLEY TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe Nov. 20th. 1812
I have to acknowledge the receipt of two letters from you Since the open- ing of the present session of Congress. In the first I received the Presidents Message; from which, and the documents accompanying it, which I afterwards saw, I am led to conclude that peace is probable. The Treasury Notes mentioned in your Second, as being forwarded, have not as yet arrived. We have not had a meeting of the Directors since, so that I have not laid it beofre the Board in its official capacity; but have communicated it to most of the members individually, who all agree in opinion with yourself.
I have nothing very important to communicate from this past of the country. General Tupper, upon information of a Marauding party of Brittish and Indians being at, or approaching the Rapids of Miami, moved down with Six or Seven hundred of his Brigade, to intercept them. This evening I saw a messenger fron Head Quarters, who told me an express had reached the Gener- als quarters, before he left Franklinton, announcing the defeat of the Enemy. The express informed him (the Messenger) that General Tupper reached the Rapids in the evening, and exchanged some shot with the enemy the river being between them, and that early, on the following morning, the Brittish and Indians, being mounted crossed the river to give them battle. Our men kept up a brisk fire upon them whilst crossing, killing Numbers who were discovered floating down; and, on their landing, received them with becoming Spirit, obliging them to retreat with precipitation. They left 15 or 20 on the ground. I do not re- collect the Name of an Indian Chief, who fell I remember the man, and probably you will recollect him from his having a remarkably large red Nose. I have re- lated this affair as the Messenger stated it to me.
Your Family is well or nearly so. Miss Sally Ann was poisoned by some vines on a Stick which she handled, but is nearly restored.
May God bless you and direct your deliberations for the benefit of our Country
I am Dr Sir, very respectfully yours very humble Servant
Honble Thos. Worthington
P.S. I did not intend or expect to have troubled you again on the Subject of Military promotion: but could not evade the Solicitations of a Jacob Anderson, of the State of N. York, a Serjeant under Lieut. Kircheval. He had been five or Six years in Service before he engaged with Mr. K-. During his residence in this place, he was universally noticed for his good Conduct and the order he kept his men in. ir. Kircheval gave me, in writing, his character which I intended to have inclosed, but cannot lay my hands, at present, on it. He spoke highly of him for his honesty, morality and discreet deportment. If any thing can be done for him It would be very gratifying to me, and, if you knew the man, I am sure it would be so to you
I am &c S.F.
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