McARTHUR TO WORTHINGTON
Fruit Hill Decr 8th 1812
Your two letters of tne 24th & 28th ult I recd. and am much obliged by the kind attention you have paid to my business at the City. Doctr. Tiffin has forwarded me a patent for the land i purchased of John R. Stokes and in- deed for almost every survey I had at the City. Had the Patent business been conducted with such primptitude some years past, it would have saved you and myself much trouble. I really feel much indebted both to the Commissioner and to Mr. Van Zandt for their attention to my business.
I have at length had the pleasure of hearing from Genl Taylor on the subject of the pay for the troop who served under Hull but there appears by his letter, to be so many arrangements to make before the money can be drawn that I know not when it will be received. Our regimental paymaster have to provid Bond and security for double the amt. and then go to Newport Kentucky for the money. the paymasters do not know what kind of a bond to furnish. And indeed I cannot see why the money could not as well be paid at Chillicothe as in Kentucky.
I am very gratified to find that the report which stated that Genl. Harrison's comand was arrested in the Senate, was unfounded. It came to Town by William S. Hutt who was direct from the army. he appeared so positive that the report was correct that he urged me to write to my friends in congress on the subject. The extract of the votes of the senate on the Election of Hull will be printed in this weeks paper, to some it will give pleasure and to others pain; it will however, correct errors.
The commissioners met at Xenia according to appointment all but Genl. Jackson. they examined And measured each fork of the little Miami from their junction to their source as the difference of any and quantity of water could not be descided at the mouths. they fixed on a pond of standing water at the head of what is called the East fork, which is about 120 poles from the divid- ing ridge and Ludlows beginning they then examined the source of the Scioto and found a large pond or small Lake of standing water about 2 miles from the dividng ridge, or waters this pond is said by the Indians to be the highest water in a dry season; from one of those Ponds to the other they directed a line to be run and marked which has been done. they also directed Ludlows line to be continued from its intersection with the Indian boundary line to the Scioto which struck it below Round Heads Town, there the Scioto is of con- siderable size this line which is run and marked is the most unfavourable for the Virginia military district which can be established. the Miami heads into the district and the Scioto out, we gain 120 poles at one end and lose 2 miles at the other. I was with the commissioners at the head of scioto when they agreed to have the line run. I supposed it would be reported unanimously, but after returning to Chillicothe, some envious persons who professes much knowledge of the country at the head of Scioto informed the commissioners on the part of the US that there was an Northwest Fork put into the scioto which they had not seen and which was larger and longer than the main river con- sequently the US commissioners broke off and would not agree to report the line which they had directed their own surveyor to run and mark; and Messrs Ludlow & herwick set out about ten days ago in search of another head to the Scioto. The Virginia commissioners finding they had made a bad bargain in agreeing to a line from the upper Pond on the East fork of the little miami to the upper Pond on the Scioto were very willing to be off and now say they
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