COUCH TO WORTHIITON
Chillicothe December the 1st 1813
I use the freedom to address you a line by this mail and wish you a pleasant journey to the City.
As good fortune has ordained, it, no materials news have transpired since you left Ohio, and nothing has occurred worthy of notice in the Western wilds. The North Western Army has hitherto been the subject of comment & inquiry, but thank Heaven, our anxieties and Alarm have ceased, and our Arms have not triumphed in vain.
The late accounts from the Creek nation state, that there will be no great difficulty in subduing the Savages in that quarter, and it now appears that the war is over on the Frontier country.
The Ohio Legislature will meet before this reaches you, and private families are no making provisions to accommodate them as far possible; -- the important subject of the tax Bill will soon occupy their attention. consider- able division will exist on the subject, whether the state shall assume the amount of it proportion -- or otherwise; - if an arrangement could be made at the Treasury of US for the payment of the Resident tax --without assuming that of the non residents, there would be no difficulty on the subject.
I need not state to you, Sir the many defaleations that must and will take place on non Resident lands, and the State must become liable for the whole if one contemplated plan is adopted -- good policy however will dictate that course which will be least obnoxious to the people, and best secure the national revenue. You will soon hear what system our Legislature will pursue.
The British officers taken by Perry on the Lake, are now in close confine- ment here to retaliate on the cruel treatment of our prisoners who have been confined, -- those also who have been ordered to Newport, will doubtless share the same treatment in compliance with the orders of the President. If the British Government will not relax from their secerity, we shall learn in this contest, that halters will be added to the munitions of war.
We have no satisfactory news, Sir, from the Northern Army. Genl. McArthur has lately written, that he is summoned to attend Hull's trial in Albany dur- ing the winter. -- Genl Cass will doubtless continue to reside at Detroit, and will be Governor of that Territory, when he resigns his civil appointment in this State. I have nothing to say only what I have had the honor, Sir, to inform you --
I am very Respectfully Your Obedt Servt
Jesup N. Couch
Hond Thomas Worthington.
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