McARTHUR TO WORTHINGTON
Fruit Hill Decr. 18th. 1813
When I wrote to you last I expected ere this to have been on my way to Albany - but have not yet received orders to attend Hulls trial neither can I hear that any of the witnesses in this quarter have been summoned. If the trial is to be in January, as reported, why are not the witnesses notified: The court must be long detained in consequence of the nonattendance of the witnesses My furlough permits me to come home and wait for orders to attend Hulls trial, and I cannot consistently leave this without orders.
Public expectation has been much disappointed here, in consequence of the failour of our Nortern army. The plan of attacking Montreal was no doubt a great one, had it succeeded, b .:t I was of opinion that Genl Wilkinson might have had a hansom little campaign, and a much safer one, round Lake Ontario. Indeed if I mistake not, a prety strong army ought to be pushed round that Lake very ear.y in the spring; all conmmunication cannot well be cut off betwen the British and Northwestern Indians until tile former are routed from Ontario and all above it.
I trust that my advantage which has been gained will never be relinquished.
The prospect of peace, I am apprehensive, is somewhat distant. I know not whether to resign at the close of Hull's trial, or to nake my calculations to continue in service to the end of the war., iy helth has been very bad whilst out and I have not yet intirely recovered. A journey to Albany will doubtless make me better, or worse, and that with other considerations may determine me, as to my resignation.
I have neglected sending on money to pay for the Natioiial Intelligencer, the last paper I recd was dated the 4th Inst. Inclosed you will receive five dollars which you will oblige me by paing to the printers and get then to forward the paper as usual.
I would like to hear from you on many subjects -- what will probably be done relative to line run between the United States land and the Virginia military district?
Will the time for locating Virginia military land warrants be again extended? or what disposition will probably be made of the unlocated lands south of the Indian line in the district? and when will the land between the source of scioto and the Indian line be purchased fromri the Indians? IHow does Margaret appear contented with a City life? Is the school in Georgetown to your mind, or do you still contemplate sending Sarah Ann and Margaret to Beth- lehem.
Please to give my compliments to Mrs. W. and family. and accept the best wishes of your friend
Genl. Thos Worthington
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