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Northbend 2nd. Novr. 1817

Dear Bodley

In searching amongst
my papers forI found 12 letters from
Col. Barber 11 of them written from St.
Marys whilst he Commanded there

They are all in the most friendly
stile & all but one commences "Dear
Genl." Several conclude "yr. friend,
so that he could not have thought
so badly of the attempt I made to
corrupt him until after his return
home - I am really unable to recollect
the circumstance to which Barbers letter to
Winchester aludes - Why I should wish
them to ['certify' crossed out] sign a Declaration that
they were under my command & not under
Winchesters I cannot [imagine] unless
it was to enable me to reclaim them
if I should think proper to march them
to Indiana for which they were first
destined - But at any rate there was not
the smallest impropriety in the thing
as they were really & truly exclusively
under my command & not under that
of Winchester - Barber Jennings &
[Paragur?] were no more a part of
Winchesters Command than they were
Genl. Smiths -

I cannot find what day
I arrived at St. Marys from Ft. Wayne
But I know that you were there before
me - I have found my order to Jennings
Dated the 24th Sept. to march with his
Regt. immediately to open the road &
push our provisions to Defiance

Barber says he came to St. Marys by my

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