COUCH TO WORTHINGTON
Chillicotlhe December the 10th 1813
Though the Legislature have convened and are now in Session, we have no- th ing new or interesting worthy of detail; Messrs Kirker and Pollock were chosen Speakers of their respective houses and Messrs Chambers and Osborn were appointed Clerks,
The Legislature contains many new members, and except one or two contested elections, nothing naterial has yet been done; an unusual degree of harmony, and good understanding seems to characterise both Houses and impress the idea that the members are only intent on the solemn discharge of a duty incumbent on a Representative people; Messrs Kirker & Looker were opposing Candidates for Speaker of the Senate and Messrs Pollock & Corwin for that of the House of Representatives. A Committee has been appointed on the important subject of the direct taxes, and considerable anxiety prevails, whether the State shall assume the debt as intimated in a former letter - the Committee composed of Messrs Tupper, Corwin & Canpbell will probably report in favour of the assumption and some members will strenuously oppose it.
It appears, Sir, from the late act of Congress that all United States lands purchased, are now subjedt to taxation for national purposes even before the expiration of five years -- but as this exemption was the principal inducement for the three per cent fund as provided in the conditions of the Compact, it is doubted by some, how far such lands can be taxed without forfeiting the three per cent privilege.
The subject of electing a Major General for the 2nd Division will be again canvassed as no resignation has yet been made - be it as it may, I expect another appointment will be made during the session. The hopes of the Country are again disap pointed in the Northern Army and our success in that Campaign has not equalled public expectation - the failure of that expedition will ser- iously retard the war and end in adversities which all good citizens will re- gret and deplore - Thank fortune we are not however without some consolation that we have done with the war in the West.
I am requested Sir, by Charles A Stuart to enquire if his Patents for lands have been issued. I comply with his desire in suggesting the subject to your consideration -- We have no local news. Genl McArthur is now here - but preparing for Hulls trial -- Genl Cass is well at Detroit, he write me that he has resigned his civil appointment --
I am, Sir, Very Respectfully Yours Obedt Servt
Jesup N. Couch
Honorable Thomas Worthington
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