LEWIS CASS TO WORTHINGTON
Near Zanesville May 24th 1813.
The particulars of our late alarm and its result you have doubtless learned ere this. I advanced with the troops as far as Lower Sandusky, where meeting Gen. Harrsion, we found our farther progress unnecessary.
Mr Dillon of Belmont is anxious to have the appointment of Asst Depy Quarter Master General. I intended to have written to the Secy of war upon the subject, but the multiplicity of his avocations deterred me. I did not wish unnecessarily to trouble him and was confident your personal influence were you disposed to exert it, would have more effect than anything I could say. Unless I am much deceived Dillon would make a zealous active and effi- cient officer. I should be much pleased to see him appointed.
With respect to the Marshal's office I only wait to see my appointment confirmed, if it is to be done, and to see the probable result of the present attempt for peace, before I resign it. I do not wish to thrown myself out of it unnecessarily. My office of Major General I shall also resign.
Although I never intended nor do now intend to make arms my profession, yet I refer it wholly to you whether it is better for me to resign the office of Marshal. I shall be guided wholly by your judg ent. Should it be necessary you can say I will resign it, and I will do it immediately. But if it be not necessary I do not wish to do it at present. The recruiting business advances rapidly. We have nearly 600 men enlisted east of the Scioto.
I shall be glad to learn our prospects as it respect peace With sincere esteem I am Dr sir Ever yours
P.S. On loolckin baclk, perhaps I have not been sufficiently explicit upon the subject of the Marshals office. The fact is I do not at present wish to resign it. But if it be judged improper to hold a military appointment con- joined with it, I will do it. L.C.
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