George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Carlyle, 8 October 1755

To John Carlyle

[Fredericksburg, 8 October 1755]

To Major John Carlyle, of Fairfax County.

From the concurring Accounts from Will’s-Creek, we have reason to believe, that a greater number of men is wanting than what we are able to Muster at present: it would therefore be advisable to order a Troop of Horse of your County, to hold themselves in Readiness to March at an hours warning, in case they should receive such Orders from Lord Fairfax, with whom I expect to be, as soon as the distance &c. can possibly admit.1 I am &c.


It would be advisable, if they do come, to bring eight or ten Days provision with them.

Fredericksburgh: October 8th 1755.


1John Carlyle had been an officer in the Fairfax County militia since 1750 and seems to have held a major’s commission in the militia at this time. He was promoted to colonel later in this same year.

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