Ohio History Journal

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In undertaking to edit the following expresses and com-

munications I have made no attempt to form any connection

between them or, to draw any conclusions from the import of

the letters taken separately. The nature of the communications

prohibits such a procedure. My part has been merely to preface

several of the documents with a few remarks relative to the

state of affairs at the time they were written.

In regard to the original documents, I wish to say that

they have been in my possession for several years. To the best

of my knowledge they have never been exhibited or printed dur-

ing, or previous to, the time I have had them. Although the

documents are for the most part in good condition and easily

legible, which has obviated any trouble in reading them, the

proper place for them is not obscurity in my own hands but con-

tributed to the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society

as Documental History.

The first express is relative to the condition of affairs at

Urbana about the time of the first siege of Fort Meigs. It is

addressed to Col. John Daugherty, Springfield. (Express.)

The letters from  Fort Finly referred to in this express

probably left that place during, or shortly after that place was

itself attacked. From the date of this express it appears likely

that the men mentioned as headed by Governor Meigs had set

out under his command, soon after he had received a communica-

tion from Major William Oliver, dated April 29, 1813, describ-

ing the predicament of Fort Finly at that time. Oliver's letter,

which is given in full in H. S. Knapp's History of the Maumee

Valley (p. 159, 1877 Ed.), states that on April 28th the Indian

allies of the British had attacked the fort from the opposite

shore, the British themselves remaining below. The force of