McARTHUR TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe Feby 5th. 1813
My Patience has never been so much exausted, nor my mind wranched with suspence. When I recd your letter mentioning the subject of our exchange I expected to have recd official notice of it shortly after vards, but have been much disappointed, having heard nothing further on that subject since. It was my intention to have joined Genl. Harrison with such of my friends as would join me, and I believe there never was more need for a reenforcement to any army, than there is at present to that under the command of Genl Harrison. Genl. Winchester with near 1000 men being already cut off at the river Raisin, and the supplies likely to be cut off and the artilery detained by high water. and withall the tern of service of the militia under Genl. Harrison about to expire in a few days, to wit, about the 20th Inst. The legislature have passed an act alowing 12$ per month additional pay to each non commissioned officer & private that is now in service, who will continue therein two months if not sooner discharged what effect this act may have, is yet uncertain: A draft has lately taken place for two regiments from the state, but the number calld for, is neither sufficient nor will arive at tihe headquarters of the N Wern army in time to relieve those now in service. I foresaw that this difficulty should, in all probability take place, and I believe mentioned it to you some weeks ago.
If the officers surrendered on the 16th of Augt at Detroit are exchanged the most of them will be anxious to receive appointments in the regular army. Major Denny wishes to be mentioned to the secretary of war as a candidate for a Major. Colo. Robert McConnel now in senate from Muskingum who I think well of, wishes to be mentioned as a candidate, provided there should not be a sufficient number from the late army. We are told that there is nearly ten bushels of letters and papers in the post office at Mariatta. The City mail is now badly conducted. can you possibly let me hear from you on the subject of our exchange? respectfully yours
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