SILLIMAN TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville July 3 1813
The confidence which I have ever felt in your elevation to justice, in- spires me to foward to you the enclosed letter which I some time since re- ceived from Major Munson in reply to enquiries made by me for a statement of the facts which it contains -- Having heard that one strong reason why Major Munson would not receve the appointment of Colonel last spring was his want of fidelity in de:livering a letter sent by him to Col. Jones notifying him of the necessity of his attendance at Chillicothe one week earlier than many persons supposed was necessary, and knowing that Major Munson was decidedly in favor of the election of Mr. Madison I was induced to believe he (Munson) was injured by the reports, and in order to ascertain the fact, and to enable me to do justice to the character of a faithful patriotic good officer within my small sphere, I made the enquiries which produced the enclosed statement - This statement would have remained with me had I not been informed that Col Perkins had or was on the eve of resigning his appointment and believing that Major Munson has claim on the gratitude of his country & on the patronage of government and supposing that the same statement which I am informed had an influence in preventing his receiving the appointment of a Col. last spring, would now operate in an encreased degree in proportion to the time suffered to elapse without contradiction, I have been induced to submit it to your inspection, and were I not certain that you know best what course to pursue, I syould suggest the propriety of its being presented to the Secretary at War -- The interest which I feel in this instance arises from personal friendship to Major Munson and from a devotion to the honor of my country -- Involved in a war with a potent nation, and their savage allies, I feel much solicitude that all the military talents and national patriotism may be consentrated and by this means, ensuie a rigorious prosecution of the war as the only means to ensure an honorable peace -- I need hardly tell you that have an high opinion of the military talents of Major Munson -- and no doubt of his fidelity & patriotism --
I am respectfully yours obt servt.
PS. I will thank you to present the letter of Major Munson to Mr. Morrow for inspection
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