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McARTHUR TO WORTHINGTON

Chillicothe Decr. 16th 1812

Dear Sir

We are al 1 anxiety here, to hear from Genl Smyth army which we hope has been successful in crossing and making a permanent stand in Canada. All app- ear to be pleased with the late appointment of Genl Harrison to the regular command of the Northwestern Army. The movements of said army has so far been but slow, owing perhaps to the great difficulty of transporting provisions and military stores from the settlements to the army.

I fear our six months militia will leave their tour, at a vast expence to their country and great inconvenience to themselves, and families, without seeing the Canada shores, the time of those from Ohio will prety generally ex- pire in February. Genl Tupper is still encamped at McArthurs Block house, his men almost malced, they are petitioning the legislature for clothing which if granted cannot reach them much before their term of service expires. If the campaign is to be carried on by militia it is nearly time that a new draft was made with orders to rendezvous at the Rapids on a day certain. This would no doubt be a favourable time to pass into Canada all the small streams are bridged by the ice, and if this weather continues for a few days, I think the Detroit river will also be passeble without the help of boats -- But I fear that neither the Clothing of the troops nor the munitions of war will enable us to make a successful winter campaing. I think, however, that the Genl. Government ought to consider the proper measures to be persued, to fill up the army, by the time the present troops will be dismissed.

A Bill has this day been reported to the senate on the subject of taxing Bank stock.

We again talk of changing the militia law of the state. Is there a pro- bibility that will this session act on the militia?

Mr. Bradford has not been here since you left home, you will perhaps see him in the City.

him in the City.

In great haste I am sir very respectfully yours

Duncan McArthur

Genl. Worthington

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