Chiilicothe Jany 16th. 1813
We gave miss receiving the three la st regular mails from the city which leaves us destitute of almost every information that quarter. An express mail arived the evening before last, from Marietta which brought a few letters and papers, by which it is infered that Hull's trial is to be at Philadelphia in next months, to which it is expected the field officers will be summoned.
From a letter which you addressed to Genl Cass, we have been rejoicing for some days past with the expectation of being exhanged in a few days, and permited to return to Detroit with Genl Harrison, but it is now reported that the acts authorizing the raising of volunteer corps is about to be repeated. and that a law is about to pass for enlisting 20,000 regulars for one year. These 12 month regulars will be no better than 12 months volunteers, and will not be half as easily raised on account of the name I am indeed of opinion, that much better men could be had, if it was called volunte. ring, under the same restrict- ions. The credit of the militia I know is destroyed, and also of the volunteers who only turned out for 30 days or even six months to save a draught, but the 12 months volunteers were under as strict order and discipline as any regular troops could be for the time which they were in service. Col. Cass, Major Van Horne and myself have been talking and all feel anxious to engage in another campaign, provided we can be with the first who approach alden. But if we have to attend at Philadelphia as witnesses on the trial of Hull, we shall be deprived of accompanyng Genl. Harrison.
However different the Government may think of the matter; we have thought it a duty that we owe to ourselves and country for some of us at least to accompany Genl Harrison on the first Campaign.
As for my eat in congress, I will cheerfully resign it, if it should be thought by friends that I can serve my country to greater advantage in the field
We have at length been able to sell a draught on Mr. Brent for 10,000$ and take it in Marietta Bank notes which are by no means very current, and the sum is so small that it is scarcely worth dividing, it will be paid out in a few days, I wish you could contrive some means by which we could draw more.
We expect a mail this morning but the post master is so slow that we never can receive a letter until after the mail is closed. We never have been able to write an answer to any letter by the return mail. And at this time I cannot tell wha t to write until I see what the mail brings. Should we be actually ordered on to attend Hull's tryal, we must give up all hopes of accompanying Genl Harris on to Canada
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