"...I was at Lexington, Kentucky, superintending a recruiting district, and occasionally at Newport and Cincinnati, for the purpose of expediting the equipment... . Whilst engaged in this service, information was received of the fall of Detroit, and the capture of general Hull. This change in the aspect of the war on the north-western frontier, induced me to assume the command of the detachment... .
"About this period general Harrison arrived, and intimated a right to the command, predicated on a commission of major general, then recently received from the governor of Kentucky. Objections to the intended procedure of general Harrison were made. They were unavailing. Two or three notes passed between us; and when finally an interview took place, it was agreed, that general Harrison might assume the command, but on his own responsibility."