JOHN MILLER TO WORTHINGTON
Camp Meigs August 14th 1813
I wrote two letters to you whilst at the City, during the late cession of Congress, on in answer to yours of the 19th June, but I think it is highly probable you received neither of them -- there has been very little attention paid to the post office department in this quarter, in consequence of Which we have been under the necessity of sending our letters principly by expresses, and of course they were generally lost or mislayed. --
I again do myself the pleasure of writing you, expecting that this will find you at your home, amusing yourself on your farm and enjoying the smiles of your family - but I have to regret I have nothing to communicate, that is pleasing or interesting frol;i this quarter -- We are still inactive -- Still in Camp Meigs -- Genl. Harrison & Brigs. Genls Cass & McArthur with a consider- able force are at Camp Senica, near Lower Sandusky, and we are commanded here by a militia Genl (Genl Clay from Ky) -- When we will leave our strong holds for the field of action, I do not know, but I trust soon -- I think it is high time we ha. commensed to act on the offensive, in this quarter if anything is intended to be done this season - If any person had told me when I arrived here last April, that we would be here at this time I would have supposed him insane -- but here we are -- I would be extremely glad to have the pleasure of seeing you here, if it was but for a day so that I could have some conversa- tion with you -- things appear to me to drag along very heavily indeed in my opinion something is wanting; but what that is, is not for me to say at this time -- perhaps it is for the want of competent judgment in me, I think so; but time will deterimine --
As you have no doubt long before this time heard all the particulars consernin, the late siege of this place, I will not tire your patience by giving you an additional history of it -- All I will say on the subject is that the British forces were very considerable - from the best accounts they had from four to five thousand Indians -- they retained here eight days without attempting to make any serious attack on the fort -- if they had I feel very confident their fate would have been much worse than it was at Sandusky -- there they were repulsed there with very considerable loss -- Major Croghan has certainly done himself much credit in his gallant defence of that place.
I believe I can say with certainty that our fleet is in motion on the lake, but I have not heard that Camn Perry has come in contact with any of the enemys vessels -- we expect every hour to hear from him.
I am well pleased with the soldiers life -- find my constitution (or have every reason to believe it to be the case) is equal to the fatigues incident to a campaign -- please to write me on the receipt of this -- I will endeavour to write you ignore frequently in future -- Please to give my best respects to Mrs. Worthington and family --
I am with great respect and esteem yours sincerely
Genl. Thos. Worthington
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