To Robert Orme
[Williamsburg, 23 May 1755]
To the Same
Since writg from Claybourn’s Ferry by the
Late express,1 I arrivd at this place and met Mr Belfour; who, I believe, will be able with the assistance of the Govr and some other of his Fr[i]ends, to procure the money against the morning;2 which will enable me to set out and I hope to get to Winchester by Tuesday Night next;3 from whence, I shall proceed to the Camp with all possible dispatch.
As Colo. Hunter is gone to the Northward I coud get no positive answer concerning the further sum of Ten thousand pounds (which he was desird to send to Wills Creek) but Mr Belfour his partner thinks it may be depended upon.4 I shall, before I leave Town get his answer in writing, and deliver it
safe Interim I am Sir
LB (original), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
2. “Mr Washington,” Dinwiddie wrote Braddock today, “brings up [£]4,000 Str., part thereof I am obliged to Lend that he may not be delay’d.” Dinwiddie’s own supply of money, however, was running low. It was almost impossible, he reported, to negotiate bills of exchange in Williamsburg at this time (ViHi: Dinwiddie Papers).
3. 27 May 1755.
4. “Mr Hunter,” Dinwiddie wrote Braddock on 16 June 1755, 2 days after the agent’s return from New York, “I think is fully provided with Money wn You please to call for it” (ViHi: Dinwiddie Papers).