McARTHUR TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicothe June 30th 1813
I have just written to the secretary of war informing that there are about 300 men enlisted in the 26th Regt and that about 240 of them marched last week for Sandusky -- That there is now in this state nearly 1000 imen enlisted under the act of the 29th Jany, and that there may perhaps be another Battalion raised but I think not more within a reasonable time. I have taken tile liberty of suggesting the propriety of dismissing part of the officers appointed to the 26th Regt and of raising one Battalion of said Regt in the back parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia in case the recruiting service is not carried on in their parts under the act of the 29th Jany 1813. It is only running government to an unnecessary expence, to keep a host of recruiting officers where no men cail be had
Every exertion is made by the tories to prevent the success of the recruiting business every pains is taken to vilify and abuse those engaged in it, every recruit who signifies his wish to leave the service and sues out a writ of "habeas corpus" is certain of being dismissed by some of our Judges, and from their decision there is no appeal.
From every discovery which I can make the Creighton part have endeavoured to create a jealousy between Genl. Harrison, and Genl Cass or myself by in- sinuating that we will intrigue against him for the command of the Divisions, and that we were the means of being [bringing?] Hull to disgrace &c, and also that you are a violent enemy to Genl Harrison &c and that Creighton is the only friend from this state that he has in congress. those insinuations have frequently fallen from those in the family of Genl H so that you can see that if those tories cannot succeed in our way, they appear determined to do so in another yes, those patriots who last winter could eulogize the speaches of Mr Quincy and ridicule those of Mr. Clay, are no doubt at this time cap in hand [illeg. ] whilst they carry on private intrigue with Mr Q. party against the administrati.ohs if not against the governnent.
I am sorry to trouble you with those unpleasant remarks; I doubt not but you have trouble enough already.
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