George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Mason, 21 August 1755

From George Mason

Dogues Neck Augt 21st 1755

Dr Sir

I fully intended to have waited on You this Evening at Belvoir, but find myself so very unwell after my Ride from Court, that I am not able to stir abroad.

I have taken the Liberty to inclose You two Bills for £300 . . . Ster: drawn by Mr Paymaster Genl Johnston on Colo. Hunter, & an Ordr on Govr Dobbs from his Son for £18.15. Ster: also a Letter for Colo. Hunter, & another for his Honr our Govr. If Colo. Hunter shou’d be in Town whilst You stay there, I shou’d esteem it a particular Favour if You’ll be so kind to negotiate the Affair wth Him: it is indifferent to me whether He pays Cash or Bills, pble in London, at the prevailing Exchange at the time: ’tis probable it may suit Him to take up the Ordr on Govr Dobbs. If You shou’d not see Colo. Hunter, please to leave the Bills with Govr Dinwiddie.1

I beg You’ll excuse the Trouble I have taken the Liberty to give You on this Occasion, & give Me Leave to assure You that Nothing wou’d give Me more sensible pleasure than an Opportunity of rendering You any acceptable Service.

I heartily wish You Health & every Felicity, & that You may find the new Regulations in our Military Affairs agreeable to Yr Wishes, & such as will enable you to accept the Command of our Troops with Honour. I am wth my Comps. to all at Belvoir Dr Sir Yr most obdt Hble Sert

G. Mason


1William Johnston was the deputy paymaster of the southern district of North America. John Hunter was the agent in Virginia for the London firm that conveyed government funds to the British forces in America. See Edward Braddock to GW, 15 May 1755, n.1. Capt. Edward Brice Dobbs, the son of Arthur Dobbs, joined Braddock’s expedition in late May with a detachment of North Carolina troops but before the battle was incapacitated by an eye infection.

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