Letter from William Henry Harrison to Thomas Bodley, 1 October 1814

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Cincinnati 1st Octr. 1814

Dear Bodley

Your favor of the 25th Inst. was received this Evg. I had been apprised by a friend in Frankfurt of the proceedings of young Winchester The depositions which he is said to have obtained accuse me of having intrigued to obtain the command of the Army from him & of Having with held prouisions to produce a mutiny amongst his troops. I can scarcely think that Genl. Winchester can [be ?] any agency in this nefarious project Where as in rectification much being thrown upon its [au-thors.] The intrigue must [bear] referrence to the recommendation which you procured at St Marys I have taken no steps to guard against this attack [nor ?] to punish the Authors I have written to Col. [Hardie?] & desired him him to find out whether any thing has been said that is actionable & if so to commence [?] against the oponents - You my friend who are acquainted with my [execu-tors] must have an idea of my

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my feelings upon receiving [infor-mation] of theire vilanous accusations. Is it not enough to revoke one [diprecater?] a public appointment I remove the greater part of my [furniture] to North Bend tomorrow & shall have my whole family there in a few days. It is my sincere wish to [recreate?] there. I am not insensible to the claims of patriotism & I do [sup-pose] that I should think it my duty to accept of any office that those who have the disposal of them might think me better [quali-fied] to fill than an other, but if there is [trouble?] or honour in [man?] the office which some of my friends believe [denigrate?] for [?] is so far from being desirable that nothing but the opinion of its being disgraceful to shrink from posts of difficulty & responsibility would induce me to accept it should it be offered me.

But there is no danger of my [undergo-ing] this Conflict between duty and [incli-nation] - there is an influence opposed to ['my' crossed out] me which the President will not be willing to encounter. I am perfectly willing that that influence should prevail & leave me to the Humble [em-loyment] of a Grazier. I am However determined to defend my reputation from every unjust attack & I rely upon your aid my friend to expose the

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Villany of that which is ['now' crossed out] said to me [m...ing?] in yr. [?]. Should I again enter public life you may be assured that will be a [sweet] happiness to me to have you with me. I have been so bitten by Vipers that I consider an approved & faithful friend as the [sweetest?] of all blessings - I believe I need not add my sincere belief of our standing in that light to each other Adieu Willm H Harrison

PS I have distroyed the deeds I [crea ted?] when you were - Having found that my then plan would not [an-swer]

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Cincinnati 4 Octr. 1814 [???]

Major Thomas Bodley Lexington Ky

[written at right angles:] Genl. Harrison 1st Oct 1814

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