VAN HORNE TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville 9th. Decr. 1812
Dr. Hamm informed me when you passed thro here to Washington you enquired why I called you a Federalist as I have no Knowledge of ever having called you such, I concluded you had merely thrown out the suggestion to hear from him what was the current opinion & among the rest mine on your vote on the War question last session but have, on reflection, attributed it to real in- formation from some of our trimers in politicks, whose only hope is to excite Jealousy & division among the Republican ranks and put down the Democracy of Ohio.
Your vote on the war question did not meet my approbation, but instead of crying out Fedst. I defended you against the charge here, as many of the honester Federalists here can testify. And your conduct since (so far as I have had information) has evinced to my mind, that you have been for support- ing the measures of Administration, or in other words War, had it been other- wise, I should have regretted that my feeble hand attempts had at that time been made to show[?] you from the charge of Federalism.
If I have any merit for supporting the Democratic Republican Cause in Ohio, it lies not in taking a lead, but in calming petty jealesies, inculcat- ing mutual forbearance and cementing as much as possible, all that are not blinded and prejudiced by English prejudices & partialities, or such as are ticketed with Fedl. promotion to office & become apostates. This course, I flatter myself, has kept us up and produces an encreasing majority annually, against a part of the Fedl. Tavern keepers store keepers &c &c whose intri- gues & exertions I will venture to say are not exceeded in any other county in the state.
You are too well acquainted with the Politicks of this state not to see, the intrigues and twistings & turnings of Political trimers to engross the loaves & fishes, and all pointed to the crisis, now just over, of yoking this state in the New England and old England project of puting down the dominent party.
From what I learn from Chilicothe Mr. Abbot, did not attend and Jones, Corwin & Purviance, arrived at the eleventh hour, for want of timely official information -- I fear there is something rotten in denmark" -- But we must not despair, I trust we have escaped ship-wreck, and the sterling stuff in Ohio, will yet shine forth in support of the good old principles of 76.
It seems you are about to augment the pay of the troops I have no object- ion. It is said men cannot be enlisted on the present pay & emoluments -- it may be so - but remeber too many of your Officers are -- quite easy about it - Hull -- Van Ranselaer -- Tupper -- had men enough but -- nothing but disaster, a false rove, and we may effect a peace -- Submission -- degreation no method Merchants can make money and Merchants support the Government -- Last war men could turn out at one luse warming and March to the fight, with out waiting for blankets &c &c now militia cannot March without a new blanket, a new Gun & bayonet, shoes &c and every Company of from 25 to 60 must have a team of 4 horses to haul their baggage, or they cannot march if they are 15 days out, and no pay damn the President -- not so in the Revolution. Officers then did their duties -- men were punished for abusing the constituted auth- orities.
But I will not weary you with the bade side of the [illeg.] Channing has
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