Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton of Queenston from Charles Askin, Strabane, 30 August 1812
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Letter to Capt. Alex. Hamilton of Queenston from Charles Askin, Strabane. He writes that nothing of much consequence has happened in this quarter since he last wrote. Some rebels have returned from Cleveland where they had been to take some American prisoners. The Thames was taken on her passage back but no one on board perished. He notes that there are still about 600 prisoners at Detroit and Amherstburgh, and that there are 3000 troops at Cleveland. He states that the dead the Yankees have of the Indians is incredible. He writes that there was an auction yesterday at Detroit, where a number of the articles taken at the surrender of the place were sold. He purchased two wagons here. He heard an officer say yesterday that the Captain’s share of the prize money would be £800. He writes that he hopes it may be 80, for it will help many of his friends in this quarter very much, but it seems so large a sum he can hardly credit it. He states that he saw Lord Selkirk’s sheep this morning, who had come down while the Americans were on this side of the River. Governor Hull had taken part of them and divided the others among his friends. Most of them are collected and are now at Detroit. He asks if any newspapers he gets can be sent to him for his mother and father, as they are anxious to know what is going on and they are now unable to get newspapers there. He also asks that Hamilton inquire about the things he sent to his father in the spring and fall, as they never arrived. Mr. Bush intended leaving Detroit and going to the States, but is now laid up with the Gout, August 30, 1812.