LEWIS CASS TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville Jany 31st 1813.
Owing to high waters, we have recently had nothing new from the City of Washington and are impatiently expecting an account of your Congressional pro- ceedings. I have been reflecting upon the subject of my last letter to you re- specting the acceptance of a Commission under the proposed arrangement of a new species of force. My mind is continually vascillating upon the subject. I am anxious once more to visit the Canadian shores, but my domestic attachments would make the sacrifice a great one. Before I left Chillicothe I came to an understanding with Col. McArthur. If he is summoned as a witness upon the trial of Gen. Hull, of which he has no doubt, he does not wish an appointment. He informed he had written you upon the subject. Perhaps I have no right to expect it, but I must confess if a Brigadier General is to be appointed in this state, I should be most happy to receive the appointment.
We have recd a rumour here, that Gen Winchester advanced to the River Raisin to reinforce the troops there, when he was attacked and defeated with great los;.
Winchester himself w as killed. I give it you as we have it I doubt it myself.
I have been attacked so virulently by every paper hostile to the adminis- tration, that an apportunity of shewing to the publick the standing which I have in my own state is agreable and consolatory to me. You will much oblige me, if you will have inserted in the Intelligencer from one of our papers an account of my election as Maj. Gen. The votes stood 59 to 14. If a man, whose ciaracter is assailed has the confidence of those, to whom he is best known, he must merit more of praise than censure.
I shall be happy to hear from you and to learn our present situation and future prospects.
With great esteem I an your obt servt
P.S. I never recd your letter of 31 Ulto enclosing a copy of the new army bill till thursday. I ha ve no doubt but 2000 men may be raised in this state by a judicious selection of officers. Every thing depends on the officers.
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