George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Francis Triplett, 3 October 1755

To Francis Triplett

[Alexandria, 3 October 1755]

To Mr Francis Triplett: Cadet in the Virginia Regiment.

You are hereby Ordered to Repair to all the publick Places, where you have the greatest probability of Success; and are to use your utmost Endeavours, to Enlist Men for His Majesty’s Service under my Command: and you are to observe such farther Directions as are contained in the General Instructions herewith given You:1 and are by no means to exceed the time appointed for your Rendezvous here. Given under my Hand at Alexandria: October the 3, 1755.



Francis Triplett (1728–1794), a first cousin of GW’s friend and neighbor William Triplett, went on Braddock’s expedition and seems to have remained in the Virginia Regiment at least until the summer of 1756. He served as a captain in the Fauquier County militia at the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolution and was living in Fauquier at the time of his death. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Hedgman Triplett of Ship Point in Prince William County.

1For the general instructions for recruiting, see GW’s General Instructions, 1–3 Sept. 1755.

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