SAM FINLEY TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe June 1st 1813
I wrote you at an early period, the first information, that came to hand, of the defeat and cap ture of the detachment, of General Clays force, sent against the Enemy, on the side of the Miamis opposite fort I.eiggs. that account was very distressing, and, I am happy to find, although later accounts make it bad enough, that it is much softened. You must have seen the Generals reports to the Secy at War. I saw and conversed with several of the poor fellows, on their return, who uniformly stae -thl-eir loss to have been very inconsiderable until some time after their surrender when the Indians began an horrid massacre and butchered, as soime say, about 50 of them, When, it was observed, Colonel Elliott waved his sword and it ceased. How low the brittish Character is sunl:, how tarnished her name, when wantonly, she recurrs to such disperate measures, to such a barbarous alienies!
At the request of the Revd. Mr. Hoge of Franklinton, I enclose a pay account of Genl. Foos, amt 390 dolls, and one other of Gustavus Svan, inspector, amt $86 68/100 for you to negotiate receive and remit the money the best way you can. If I understand Mr. Hoge aright the accounts had b en shwen to the Pay Mr. General and were approved by him. The proceeds come to Mr. Hoge.
I have the pleasure to inform you that your Family is in good health. There is a fever prevailing here (perhaps it appeared before you left this) which greatly resembled the measles, and escapes none, especially the young. Physicians are much divided in opinion respecting its character, and wl.:.le some insist upon its being the measles others peremptorily declare it is not. One circumstance in favor of the latter is that, those who formerly had the measles, do not escape this complaint. It certainly, in appearance, manifests a close affinity to the measles. But few have died of the complaint here, per- haps not more then three children.
Mr. Fullerton called on me just now to know if you had made any arrange- ments with me in his favor. I told him yo had not. He appeared a little disappointed. Should you have forgotten tile adjustment, and it shall be in my power to remedy it, on your writing to me I will endeavour to do it.
We have heard of the taking of Fort George, but it wants confirmation I am Dear Sir, Yours respe ctfully
The Honorable Thos. Worthington
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