COUCH TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe January the 13th 1813
I am happy to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 21st ultimo and thank you for the information therein contained.
There are three mails yet believed and we are waiting with anxious curiosity to hear from the city. The legislature of our State are in quiet session, and nothing material occurs to disturb their tranquility; some attempts have been made by a part of our Ross delegation to elect a Major General of this Division on the ground that Genl McArthur has had the misfortune to be a prisoner of war &c &c, but they will not succeed; your letter to Genl Cass suggesting the probability of an exchange, will put an end to the investigation.
I now, Sir, have the pleasure to inform you, that Mr Morrow will be our next Senator in Congress it is ascertained to a sufficient certainty, and I should almost as soon believe the Ohio would change its course, as that he should fail in the election, my respect for Mr Morrow may make me an enthusiast; but I will underwrite for the truth of my conjecture. I have taken the liberty to state the substance of your last letter, that Mr Campbell positively declines and that Mr Morrow will service on the conditions mentioned.
Nothing of importance has occurred relative to the N.W. Army except the late victory of Col. Campbell over the Indians, which was dearly bought. Genl Harrison is now favored with the snows of winter for the transportation of baggage & artillery, but people begin to despair of the practicability of a winter's Campaign, the obstacles appear insurmountable. Col Campbell and several of the officers attached to his late successful Detachment, are now in town on a furlough for a few days - they state Genl harrison will expect them to join him shortly to commence the long expected tour towards Detroit -- so that you will conclude with le, that the N.W. Army will not probably reach their place of destination until the time of the 6 months militia will expire when they will doubtless return to their respective homes. Congress will therefore see the necessity of organizing a new army before we regain our lost possessions.
I think, Sir, I shall be the last to despair in the ultimate success of our Arms, but if Gen Harrison can plant the American standard in Malden with out new recruits -- I will join in the Hallelujahs of the multitude.
I have nothing particularly to write your friends here are well & wishing you a cheerful Session, am very respectfully your obedt Sert
Jesup N. Couch
Hond Thomas Worthington.
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