COUCH TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe Dec the 11th 1812
The Legislature of Ohio is now organized and you probably heard by the last mail that Mr Kirker was chosen Speaker of the Senate, and H. Pollock (as I suggested in my last) is chosen Speaker of the H of Representatives. Messrs Norton & Kilbourn will be Clerks.
The members have generally not [illeg.] to each other -- in the lower house there is a majority of new members. Yesterday they were engaged in dis- cussing the Resolutions introduced by Dr. Hamm approving the measures of the Genl. Government; but after occupying the greater part of the day -- the Committee of the whole were discharged and the proceedings referred to a select committee. I discover the Legislature is cool but animated and firm in support of the measures adopted by Congress.
We have nothing new from the N. Western Army but their movements are slow, and I am very fearful will be eventually retarded for the season for want of the transportation of provision and artillery-- I mention this ser- iously and would be the last to despair, but you know the difficulties and every friend to his country will pray for Harrisons success and triumph on the wayl
In the last Fredonian are published the journals of the Senate relative to the appointment of Hull and I can assure you, Sir, it gives satisfaction to friends and silence to enemies, to find that the false rumours late in cir- culation, are now contradicted by the official records. The late adversity at Detroit opened the door for slander and jealousy, and it is to be regretted, that any one can be found so mean and illiberal, as to kindle the flame of disaffection and involve those whose best exertions are used to prevent the existing evils but such is the fact; truth however unfolds the mystery, and in time cures the defamation.
The Legislature being to enquire who shall be our Senator in Congress? Candidates I think will be numerous -- probably one or two from Chillicothe and some from the Eastern & Western part of the State, it is not yet ascer- tained whether Mr Campbell will decline a reelection or whether Mr Morrow will consent to serve -- I write freely to you, Sir, and trust you will excuse a friendly suggestion.
The Govenors communication is long and different Committees are appointed on the subject matter. The returns from the different Counties appertaining to the new term of the Executive are not yet opened, the Legislature are writing for some returns which have not yet been received.
It is gratifying to see, that Congress is determined to prosecute the War with vigour -- this now appears the only expedient for an honorable peace.
With sentiements of high respect, I am Sir, your most Obedt & very humble Servt
Jesup N. Couch
Hond Thomas Worthington
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