To Daniel Morgan1
War Department September 13th 1794
I am instructed by the President to express to you his wish that every practicable exertion may be made to accelerate the assembling of the Militia at their appointed places of Rendevous, Winchester and the Vincinity of old Fort Pleasant Alias Moorefield. You are probably informed that a junction of the Virginia and Maryland Troops at Fort Cumberland has been contemplated.2
You are at liberty to hasten to that Point all such as may be ready, and which you Judge it adviseable should move that way, but if you think that those who are to assemble at Moorefield, had better proceed by a Route different from that of Fort Cumberland, they may continue at Moorefield till further instruction.
With consideration & esteem I am sir, Your obedient Servant
On behalf of the Secy at War3
PS. It will be well to have runners sent into the Insurgent Counties to ascertain what they are about the degree of unanimity & probable strength. Col Carrington4 will furnish the means.
Major General Morgan
L[S], MS Division, New York Public Library; LS (marked “duplicate”), MS Division, New York Public Library.
1. Morgan was in command of the Virginia militia.
2. For the rendezvous of the militia, see “Minutes of a Meeting Concerning the Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania,” August 24, 1794. See also H to Henry Lee, second letter of August 25, 1794.
4. Edward Carrington, supervisor of the revenue for the District of Virginia.