This attempt, desperate as it may appear, might probably have been carried into execution, had...not...two of the British officers...disclosed their intentions, under an injunction of secrecy, to a gentleman of this town, who, being a federalist, they considered as a common friend.
This gentleman, however...acquainted Col. Campbell therewith, who...put the British officers in irons; the prisoners guard was doubled; and militia called out,...and every preparation taken to avert the impending danger....
Yesterday afternoon the British officers who were in close confinement here, were sent to Frankfort, (Ky.) under a strong escort.
COMMENT: Among the British officers thus placed in irons was John Richardson (1796-1852), the first Canadian-born novelist, who wrote a long history of the British campaign, including his own capture and imprisonment.
The bill for raising 4000 volunteers, as substitutes for militia requisitions, and for frontier defence, was referred to a committee in Assembly, who have reported an entirely new bill differing in two essential points from that which passed the senate; It provides, that the general, field, and staff officers shall be designated by the council of appointment; and declares, “that it shall not be lawful for the said corps, or any part thereof, to be ordered, taken, marched or employed, or to act or serve, either voluntarily or by compulsion, in or upon any service or employment whatever, any where out of the United States, at any time, for any purpose, or upon any pretence whatever;” or even out of this state except on certain contingencies.
These amendments are calculated either to defeat the bill, or its object. – Albany Argus
COMMENT: The Senate was controlled 26-5 by the pro-war Republicans; the Assembly 58-48 by the anti-war Federalists, as was the Council of Appointment.