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Capture of British Vessels on Lake Erie.

JANUARY, 1813.

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our seamen were but a short distance from this place, were soon compelled to abandon her, with the loss of and immediately despatched an express to the officers, nearly all their men. During the whole of this morndirecting them to use all possible despatch in getting ing both sides of the river kept up, alternately, a conthe men to this place, as I had important service to per- stant fire on the brig, and so much injured her that it form. On their arrival, which was about 12 o'clock, I was impossible to have floated her. Before I left her, discovered that they had only twenty pistols, and neither she had received twelve shot, of large size, in her bends, cutlasses, nor battle axes; but on application to Gen- her sails in ribands, and her rigging all cut to pieces. erals Smyth and Hall, of the regulars and militia, I To my officers and men, I feel under great obligations; was supplied with a few arms, and General Smyth was to Captain Towson, and Lieutenant Roach, of the secso good, on my request, as immediately to detach fifty ond regiment of artillery; Ensign Presstman, of the men from the regulars, armed with muskets; by four infantry ; to Cornelius Chapin, Mr. John McComb, o'clock, in the afternoon, I had my men selected and Messrs. John Tower, Thomas Davis, Peter Overtacks, stationed in two boats which I had previously prepared James Sloan, resident gentlemen of Buffalo, for their for the purpose; with those boats, fifty men in each, soldier and sailor-like conduct ; in a word, every man and under circumstances very disadvantageous, my fought with their hearts animated only by the interest men having had scarcely time to refresh themselves, and honor of their country. The prisoners I have after a fatiguing march of five hundred miles, I put turned over to the military. The Detroit mounted six off from the mouth of Buffalo creek, at one o'clock the six-pound long guns; a commanding lieutenant, a lieufollowing morning; and at three I was alongside the tenant of marines, a boatswain and gunner, and fiftyvessels ; in about ten minutes I had the prisoners all six men; about thirty American prisoners on board; secured, the topsails sheeted home, and the vessels muskets, pistols, and battle-axes; in boarding her, I under way; unfortunately the wind was not sufficient. lost one man, one officer wounded; Mr. John C. Cum. ly strong to get me up against a rapid current into the mings, acting midshipman, a bayonet through the lake, where I understood another armed vessel lay at leg; his conduct was correct, and deserves the notice anchor, and I was obliged to run down the river by of the Department. the forts, under a heavy fire of round, grape, and can- The Caledonia mounted two small guns, blunderister, from a number of pieces of heavy ordnance, and busses, pistols, muskets, cutlasses, and boariling pisseveral pieces of flying artillery ; was compelled to an- tols; twelve men, including officers; ten prisoners on chor at a distance of about four hundred yards from board; the boat boarding her, commanded by Sailingtwo of their batteries. After the discharge of the first master George Watts, performed his duty in a masgun, which was from the flying artillery, I hauled to the terly style; but one man killed and four wounded badshore, and observed to the officer that if another gun ly, I am afraid, mortally. was fired, I would bring the prisoners on deck, and ex- I enclose you a list of the officers and men engaged pose them to the fate we should all share ; but notwith in the enterprise, and also a view of the lake and river standing they disregarded the caution, continuing a in the different situations of attack; in a day or two constant and destructive fire, one single moment's re- I shall forward the names of the prisoners. The Caleflection determined me not to commit an act that would donia belongs to the Northwest Company, laden with subject me to the imputation of barbarity. The Cale furs, worth, I understood, two hundred thousand doldonia had been beached in as safe a position as the lars. circumstances would admit of, under one of our batte

JESSE D. ELLIOTT. ries at Black Rock; I now brought all the guns of the Hon. Paul HAMILTON, Detroit on one side, next the enemy, stationed the men

Secretary of the Navy. at them, and directed a fire, which was continued as long as our ammunition lasted, and circumstances per

Lieutenant Elliott to the Secretary of the Navy. mitted. During the contest, I endeavored to get the Detroit on our side, by sending a line (there being no

Black Rock, October 10, 1812. wind) on shore, with all the line I could muster; but Sir : In my letter of yesterday's date, I stated my the current being so strong the boat could not reach intention to enclose to you a list of the officers and the shore. I then hauled on shore, and requested that men engaged with me in capturing His Britannic Mawarps should be made fast on the land and sent on jesty's brig, the Detroit, and brig Caledonia. The inboard, the attempt to do which again proved useless. cessant fire of the enemy, and my own constant enAs the fire was such as would, in all probability, sink gagements for the protection of the vessels, compel the vessel in a short time, I determined to drop down me to postpone sending that list until another opporthe river, out of reach of the batteries, and make a tunity, Last evening, having observed an intention, stand against the flying artillery. I accordingly cut the on the part of the enemy, to remove the ordnance and cable and made sail

, with very light airs, and at that military stores with which the Detroit was charged, I instant discovered that the pilot had abandoned me. determined at once to set her on fire; thereby to preI dropped astern, for about ten minutes, when I was vent her having the aid of masts and yards in getbrought up on our shore, on Squaw island; got the ting her guns into boats, she having five twelve-pound boarding boat made, had all the prisoners put in and guns in her hold, and six six-pounders upon her deck, sent on shore, with directions for the officer to return that I could prepare them, and, with my sailors, remove for me, and what property we could get from the brig; the ordnance during the night, when unobserved by he did not return, owing to the difficulty of the boat's the enemy. These preparations I am now making, getting ashore. Discovering a skiff under the counter, and shall, with as much expedition as possible, conI sent the four remaining prisoners in the boat, and, tinue to get the ordnance, and place it in our battery, with my officer, I went on shore to bring the boat off; as we are much in want—not one piece at Black I asked for protection to the brig of Lieutenant Colo- Rock. The Caledonia I have perfeetly recovered from nel Scott, who readily gave it; at this moment I dis- the enemy, covered a boat, with about forty soldiers, from the Brit- I have the honor to be, with great respect, &c. ish side, making for the brig; they got on board, but

JESSE D. ELLIOTT.

JANUARY, 1813.

Capture of British Vessels on Lake Erie.

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Lieutenant Elliott to Commodore Chauncey, dated nation ; but the marines have not arrived. I, however,

BLACK Rock, Oct. 10, 1812. hope to see them to-day or to-morrow. SIR: I have the honor to inform you that, on the

I have the honor to be, &c. morning of the 6th instant, two vessels, under British

ISAAC CHAUNCEY. colors, came down Lake Erie, and anchored under the

Hon. Paul Hamilton, protection of Fort Erie; that, on the same day, a de

Secrelary of the Navy. tachment of men arrived from New York, accompanied by Sailingmasters Watts and Chisson, with some masters' mates and midshipmen; that, on the morn

SACKETT's HARBOR, October 27, 1812. ing following, I, with two boats previously prepared

Sir: I have the honor of enclosing you copies of for the purpose, boarded and took possession of them, two letters from Lieutenant Elliott, giving an occount with the loss of two men killed, Samuel Fortune and of his having cutout from under Fort Erie, on Lake Erie, Daniel Martin, and four wounded-Acting Midship in a most gallant manner, two British brigs, the Detroit man John C. Cummings, John Garling, Nathan Arin- | (late Adams) and the Caledonia. The Detroit was manstrong, Jerome Sardie, and John Yosen. As there is ned and armed as a man of war; the Caledonia benot a probability of your receiving this shortly, I have longed to the Northwest Company, and was loaded made a communication to the Department upon the with peltry. subject, a copy of which I enclose for your perusal. I Nothing that I can say, more than I have already beg you will not have conceived me hasty in making said in a former communication upon this subject, will this attack. I acted as if the action came directly from add to the credit of Lieutenant Elliott, and the gallant yourself.

officers and men who accompanied him. The thing Let me recommend to your particular attention the speaks for itself, and will, I am sure, be duly appreciofficers and men who performed this service-each and ated by all who may have any idea of the difficulties all did their duty. The ensign of the Adams I will that he had to encounter, after getting possession of send you at an early.opportunity; it is at your dispo- these vessels. I have the honor to be, &c. sal. The particulars, as it regards the vessels, I will

ISAAC CHAUNCEY. forward you in a day or two; at present I am much Hon. Paul HAMILTON, engaged. With sentiments, &c.

Secretary of the Navy. P.S. I have neglected mentioning to you the names of the vessels captured. One, His Britannic Majesty's

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 1812. brig, “the Detroit,” formerly the United States' brig Adams; the other, a brig belonging to the Northwest general description of the armament and stores on

Sm: In answer to your note, requesting of me “a Company, loaded with skins, called the Caledonia.

board at the time of the capture of the Adams, and the

probable number of men,” I can state, that I sailed Commodore Chauncey to Paul Hamilton, Esq., Secre- from Malden in the Adams, and arrived at Fort Erie tary of the Navy.

on the morning preceding the night in which you cap

tured that vessel. I left her in the afternoon, and SACKETT'S HARBOR, October 16, 1812. Sir: I have great pleasure in informing you that, left the Adams, she had on board five guns mounted,

crossed in her boat to Buffalo, with a flag. When I by a gentleman who arrived here yesterday afternoon, (six and four pounders,) and six long twelves in her from Buffalo, I learn that Lieutenant Elliott, with hold. She had also on board a quantity of powder about sixty sailors, and a number of volunteer militia, and ball, and a number of boxes of muskets. I am cut out from under the guns of Fort Erie, on the night not able to state, of my own knowledge, the number of the 8th instant, the brig Adams (lately surrendered of stand of arms, but I have been informed that nearly at Detroit) and the schooner Caledonia, laden with all the arms taken at Detroit were on board; if that peltry, said to be very valuable ; but, in running these

was the fact, the number must have been two thou. vessels for Black Rock, they both grounded, in such a

sand. The number of the crew that I left on board situation that the British fort was firing on them, when could not vary much from sixty, and the number of my informant left there on Friday morning last. It American prisoners about thirty, including three offiwas, however, believed that, if they could not be got

cers. I have the honor to be, &c. off, they could be destroyed. I, however, hope that

HARRIS H. HICKMAN. Lieutenant Elliott will be able to save both vessels ;

Lieut. D. ELLIOTT, U. S. Navy. for, such an addition to our little force on Lake Erie, at this time, would be invaluable. Lieutenant Elliott deserves much praise for the promptness with which

Navy DEPARTMENT, Oct. 27, 1812. he executed this service; as the sailors had only ar

Sir: I have received, with great satisfaction, your rived at Black Rock on the 8th, and he had no parti, communication of the ninth instant, and have been cular orders from me, except to have boats built and desired by the President of the United States to return prepared for cutting out the British vessels, which I to you, and through you to the officers and men under knew rendezvoused near Fort Erie. If Lieutenant Elliott succeed in saving the Adams and Caledonia, I your command, in the expedition to Fort Erie, which think that we shall obtain the command of Lake Erie ticular thanks. I am, with great respect, &c.

terminated to the glory of the American arms, his parbefore December ; but, as to this lake, I hardly know

PAUL HAMILTON. what to say, as there has not a single pound of powder, nor a gun, arrived yet, and I can make no calcu

P. $. Your having abstained from fulfilling your inlation when any will arrive. I feel quite discour. timation that you would expose your prisoners to the aged, and shall be tempted to seek the enemy, with enemy's fire, is highly approved. the Oneida alone, if the guns do not arrive soon. JESSE D. Elliott, Esq.,

The sailors have all arrived at their places of desti- Lieut. Commanding, Black Rock.

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Proceedings.

JANUARY, 1813. THURSDAY, January 14.

and report thereon ; and Messrs. BAYARD, GREGG, The amendments to the bill, entitled "An act and BIBB, were appointed the committee. providing for navy pensions in certain cases,"

Mr. Smith, of Maryland, presented the memowere reported by the committee correcily en- rial of the minority of the House of Representagrossed ; and the bill was read a third time as lives of the General Assembly of the Mississippi amended, and passed.

Territory, on their application for admission into The bill supplementary to the act, entitled "An the Union, on a fooling with the original States, act to provide for calling forth the militia to exe- and praying Congress to deser the passing any cute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, law for that purpose, until their population shall and repel invasions, and 10 repeal the act now amount to sixty ihousand free persons, as is stated in force for those purposes," was read a third at large in the memorial; which was read, and time, and passed.

referred to the comunittee to whom was recomMr. Leib presented the memorial of the man-mitted, on the 6th instant, the bill from the House agers of the Bible Society of Philadelphia, stating of Representatives, entitled "An act to enable the that, to enable them to promote the object of the people of the Mississippi Territory to form a coninstitution, the gratuitous distribution of the sa- stitution and State government, and for the adcred Scriptures, they had ordered, in the year mission of such Territory into the Union, on an 1809, a set of stereotype plates from England, equal footing with the original States," lo conand praying that these plates may be exonerated sider and report thereon. from the additional duties since imposed on Brit

A message from the House of Representatives ish manufactures; and the memorial was read, informed the Senate that the House have passed and referred to a select committee, to consider a bill, entitled "An act in addition to the act, enand report thereon by bill or otherwise; and litled 'An act to raise an additional military Messrs. Leib, Robinson, and Gregg, were ap- force, and for other purposes," in which bill they pointed the committee.

request the concurrence of the Senate, They do The bill for the relief of Lewis Chacherie, was

not concur in the amendments of the Senate to read the second time, and on motion, by Mr. the bill, entitled “An act in addition to the act MAGRUDER, recommitted to the committee ap- concerning, letters of marque, prizes, and prize pointed the 2d of December, on the subject of goods,” and ask a conference on the subject, and public lands, further to consider and report have appointed managers on their part. thereon.

The bill last brought up for concurrence was The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the read; and on motion, by Mr. Campbell, of TenWhole, the consideration of the bill to carry into nessee, that it now be read a second time, it was effect the report made to Congress in February, objected to, as against the rule. The bill was 1803, by James Madison, then Secretary of State, then passed to the second reading: Albert Gallalio, Secretary of the Treasury, and

The Senate resumed the consideration of the Levi Lincolo, Attorney General of the United bill to carry into effect the report made to ConStates, commissioners, appointed in pursuance of gress in February, 1803, by James Madison, then the act, entitled "An act for an amicable settle- Secretary of State, Albert Gallatin, Secretary of ment of limits with the State of Georgia, and the Treasury, and Levi Lincoln, Attorney Genauthorizing the establishment of a government eral of the United States, commissioners, apin the Mississippi Territory, in obedience to the pointed in pursuance of the act, entitled "An act provisions of the act supplementary to the last for an amicable settlement of limits with the mentioned act,”and Mr. ANDERSON was requested State of Georgia, and authorizing the establishto take the Chair; and, after debate, the Presi- ment of a government in the Mississippi Terrident resumed the Chair, and Ms. ANDERSON re-tory, in obedience to the provisions of the act, ported the bill amended.

supplemental to the last mentioned act." On motion, by Mr. FRANKLIN, it was agreed to On motion, by Mr. Goodrich, the further contake the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and sideration thereof was postponed until Monday read a third time as amended ? by yeas and nays. next. On motion, by Mr. Bibb, the further considera

Mr. Leis, from the committee appointed to tion of the bill was postponed until to-morrow.

consider the subject, reported a bill for the relief of the Bible Society of Philadelphia ; and the bill

was read, and passed to the second reading. FRIDAY, January 15.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendOn motion, by Mr. Leib, the letter signed Wilments disagreed to by the House of Representaliam Duane, communicated the 12th instant, on tives to the bill, entitled "An act in addition to the subject of military tactics, was referred to a the act concerning letters of marque, prizes, and select committee, to consider and report thereon ; prize goods;" and on motion, by Mr. Smith, of and Messrs. LEIB, Suith, of Maryland, and An- Maryland, DERSON, were appointed the comniittee.

Résolved, That they insist on their amendments, On motion, by Mr. BAYARD, the Message of the and agree to the conference asked by the House President of the United States, of the 13th in- of Representatives. stant, with the act of the General Assembly of Ordered, That Messrs. Smith of Maryland, the State of Maryland, therein communicated, ANDERSON, and Taylor, be the managers on the was referred to a select committee, to consider part of the Senate.

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Mr. Horsey submitted the following motion Posey, Robinson, Smith of New York, Taylor, and for consideration.

Varnum. Resolved, That the President of the United States Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Campbell of Ohio, Crawbe requested to cause to be laid before the Senate the ford, Franklin, Gaillard, Leib, Magruder, Reed, Tait, French decree, purporting to be a definitive repeal of Turner, and Worthington. the Berlin and Milan decree, referred to in his Mes- Mr. Campbell, of Tennessee, from the comsage of the 4th of November last ; and, also, any cor- mittee to whom was referred the bill, entitled respondence or information, touching the relation of "An act in addition to the act, entitled 'An act to the United States with France, in the office of the raise an additional military force, and for other Department of State, not heretofore communicated, purposes," reported it without amendment. which, in the opinion of the President, is not incom

The bill for the relief of the Bible Society of patible with the public interest to communicate.

Philadelphia was reported by the committee cor

rectly engrossed, and read a third time, and SATURDAY, January 16.

passed. The bill, entitled "An act in addition to the rial appropriations for the year 1813," was read a

The bill, entitled "An act making certain paract, entitled 'An act to raise an additional mili- third time, and passed. tary force, and for other purposes," was read the

The Senate resumed the consideration of the second time, and referred io the committee ap-motion made the 15th instant, which was amended pointed, the 9th of November, on so much of the and agreed to. as follows: Message of the President of the United States as

Resolved, That the President of the United concerns our foreign relations, the military estab- States be requested to cause to be laid before the lishment, and volunteers. The bill for the relief of the Bible Society of definitive repeal of the Berlin and Milan decrees,

Senate the French decree, purporting to be a Philadelphia was read the second time; and on the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and read last, together with such information as he may

referred to in his Message of the 4th November a third time? it was determined in the affirma- possess, concerning the time and manner of protive.

A message from the House of Representatives muigating the same; and, also, any correspondinformed the Senate that the House have passed United States with France, in the office of the

ence or information souching the relations of the a bill, entitled "An act making certain partial ap, Department of State, not heretofore communipropriations for the year 1813;" in which bill cated, which, in the opinion of the President of they request the concurrence of ihe Senate.

the United States, is not incompatible with the The bill last mentioned was twice read, by public interest to communicate. unanimous consent, and passed to a third reading. The President communicated the report of the informed the Senate that the House have passed

A message from the House of Representatives Postmaster General, relative to public coatracts; a bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Jared also, on the salaries allowed to the clerks of that Shattuck,” in which bill they request the condepartment, during the year 1812; and the re

currence of the Senate. ports were severally read.

The bill last mentioned was read, and passed

to the second reading. Monday, January 18. Mr. Magruder, from the committee to whom

Tuesday, January 19. was referred the bill, entitled "An act for the re- The bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Jared lief of John Binnion," reported it without amend. Shattuck," was read the second time, and referment, and it passed to a ihird reading.

red to a select committee, lo consider and report The Senate resumed the consideration of the thereon ; and Messrs. BRADLEY, Tait, and VARbill to carry into effect the report made to Con- NUM, were appointed the committee. gress in February, 1803, by James Madison, then Mr. LLOYD submitted the following motion for Secretary of State, Albert Gallalin. Secretary of consideration : the Treasury, and Levi Lincoln, Aitorney Gene

Resolved, That the President of the United States ral of the United States, commissioners, appointed be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate an in pursuance of the act, entitled “An aci for an

account of the sale or disposition of three millions one amicable settlement of limits with the State of hundred and eighty thousand dollars of Treasury Georgia, and authorizing the establishment of a notes, subscribed for by various banks, as stated in government in the Mississippi Territory, in obe- the annual report of the Secretary of the Treasury, dience to the provisions of the act supplemental with the time and terms of sale to such banks respecto the last mentioned act.” And the bill was tively; and the state of their several accounts with the further amended.

Treasury Department, from the time of such sale or On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed subscription, to the first day of the present month of and read a third time as amended ? it was de- January. termined in the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 11, as The bill, entitled "An act for the relief of John follows:

Binnion," was read the third time, and passed. YEAs—Messrs. Bayard, Bibb, Bradley, Brent, Cutts, A message from the House of Representatives Goodrich, Horsey, Howell, Hunter, Lambert, Pope, informed the Senate that the House have passed

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Resolutions of the State of Ohio.

JANUARY, 1813.

a bill, entitled "An act confirming certain claims wealth, it has increased in importance, until its power to lands in the district of Vincennes ;" in which has become a cause of jealousy among the nations of they request the concurrence of the Senate. the old world, and its wealth has but too effectually

The bill last mentioned was read, and passed invited their rapacity. to the second reading.

Endeavoring to surmount injustice, with its view The President communicated a letter from the fixed on peace, and with exertions never suspended, Commissioner of the General Land Office, trans- the American Administration has determined, if pracmitting a report of the commissioners appointed terized its manner, and justice has been its whole de

ticable, to elude the evils of war. Mildness has charac. conformably to "An act to ascertain the Western mand: but forbearance has been in vain. Forgetting boundary of the district reserved for satisfying the principles of justice, and regardless of our unquesthe military bounties allowed to the officers and tioned rights, the great contending Powers of Europe soldiers of ihe Virginia line on continental estab-have reduced plunder to system, and, in that system, lishment; and the letter and report were read. unremittingly persevere. Nor is this all: the British

The bill to carry into effect the report made to nation has superadded personal oppression, and the Congress, in February, one thousand eight hun- cruel enslavement of our citizens; and, even when dred and three, by James Madison, then Secre- professedly at peace with the United States, she has tary of State, Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the been perfidiously accessary to the murder of our frontier Treasury, and Levi Lincoln, Attorney General inhabitants, by instigating and aiding her savage al. of the United States, commissioners, appointed lies, whose cruel mode of warfare is disgraceful to huin pursuance of the act, entitled "An act for an manity. Still was she inviited to be just

. While the amicable seulement of limits with the State of sword was yet starting from its scabbard, the olive Georgia, and authorizing the establishment of a branch was cordially offered to the enemy; but this government in the Mississippi Territory, in obe offer is refused, and the only Republic which has surdience to the provisions of the act supplemental vived the general wreck of nations is in open war. to the last mentioned act.” was reported by the which this nation is involved is, on our part, just and

Impressed with a full conviction that the war in committee correctly engrossed, and read a third time.

necessary; that the course pursued by the AdminisOn the question, Shall this bill pass ? it was

tration, in recommending the measure, and its mild, determined in the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 9, tion an honorable peace, merit the entire approbation

conciliatory, and continued efforts to secure to this naas follows: Yeas—Messrs. Bayard, Bradley, Dana, German, and dignity of this people, but its continuance as a

of this General Assembly; and that not only the honor Goodrich, Horsey, Howell, Hunter, Lambert, Pope, free and independent nation, depend upon a vigorous Posey, Robinson, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New prosecution of the war : therefore, York, Taylor, and Varnum.

Resolved, by the General Assembly of the State of NÁrs—Messrs. Campbell, of Tennessee, Franklin, Ohio, That, in the name, and in behalf of our conLeib, Magruder, Reed, Tait, Turner, and Worth- stituents, we pledge ourselves to aid the National Gov. ington.

ernment, in the present emergency, to the extent of On motion, by Mr. Smith, of Maryland, the our resources; and we do this in the hope that the further consideration of the bill, entitled "An act goodly heritage of our freedom may descend from us in addition to the act, entitled 'An act to raise an to posterity, as we received it, excellent and unim. additional military force,' and for other purposes," paired. was postponed to, and made the order of the day Be it further resolved, That we have seen, with for, lo-morrow.

emotions of much concern, the protracted delay of the OHIO RESOLUTIONS.

French Government to render justice to this nation for The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from the afford to the constituted authorities, in whose wisdom

its outrageous depredations upon us, and that we will Governor of the State of Ohio, enclosing the and firmness we place confident reliance, our utmost declaration and resolves of the General Assem- support in their efforts to sustain the honor of the nably of that Stale, approbatory of the measures of tion, and to obtain suitable amends for its injuries. the Administration in regard to the war with Be it further resolved, That, in the opinion of this England, and pledging themselves and their con- General Assembly, every republican is now peculiarly stituents to aid in its prosecution.

called upon, by all honorable and honest motives, to The letter and resolutions were as follow: sacrifice, at the shrine of his country, political dissenCuilicoTAE, January 10, 1813.

sions and personal animosities, and, with united efforts, Sir: I have the honor to transmit you the enclosed to rescue from danger that civil and political liberty, declaration, and am, with high esteem, your obedient for which our fathers so arduously struggled and so servant,

R. J. MEIGS.

freely bled. Hon. the SPEAKER of the Senate U. S.

Be it further resolved, That the Governor be re

quested to transmit to the President of the United Declaration and Resolves of the General Assembly of States, to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the State of Ohio.

the House of Representatives, and to our Senators and It has pleased Divine Providence that this General foregoing declaration and resolutions.

Representatives in Congress, one copy each of the Assembly should convene under circumstances new,

JOHN POLLOCK, replete with interest, and of great national concern. While the moral and political convulsions of Europe

Speaker of the House of Representatives. have shaken empires from their centre, this nation has,

THOMAS KIRKER, alone, pursued a peaceful policy. It has grown in

Speaker of the Senate.

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