George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Hall and John King, 16 October 1755

To John Hall and John King

[Winchester, 16 October 1755]

To Lieutenants Hall and King.

I received yours,1 and am as much surprized at your delay in repairing to your Rendezvous, as being at a loss for Orders after you did arrive there.

I Order, that upon the receipt of this, you march the Recruits immediately to this place, where Clothes and Ammunition will be provided: for your provision is sent to meet you on Martin Hardens’ Road, by which you are ordered to march.

If Captain Harrison is at Fredericksburgh, he is to take Command of the Recruits, and march them up here; if not, do not wait for him; march them up without, and wait there for Orders. You are to provide Linen at Mr Dicks for Haversacks for the men, and bring it up with you, if you can, conveniently.



John King and John Hall were two of the young lieutenants named to the Virginia Regiment on 3 Sept. 1755. Both were ordered to rendezvous in Fredericksburg. GW immediately assigned Hall to Carter Henry Harrison’s company (which became the company of his brother Henry Harrison in Dec. 1755) and in January indicated that King had been attached to Joshua Lewis’s company. At a court-martial held at Fort Cumberland, Md., on 5 July 1756, his fellow officers found Lieutenant King “guilty of Disobedience of Orders” but “in consideration of his inexperience” excused his offense, and he remained in the regiment until as late as the fall of 1758. By that time, King’s fellow officer Lt. John Hall had already become a regular officer in a British regiment. In May 1757, instead of going to South Carolina as Dinwiddie intended, Hall set out for New York. There, with letters from GW and others, he persuaded Lord Loudoun to allow him to purchase an ensign’s commission in the 44th Regiment of Foot. Back in Virginia 9 months later, he wrote GW that Thomas Gage had made him a lieutenant in his new regiment of light infantry. Gage’s regiment, the 80th, was disbanded in 1764, and in April 1766 Hall became a lieutenant in the 31st Regiment of Foot. This regiment for the most part remained in America until the Revolution; in 1776 it was sent from the West Indies to Quebec.

1The letter has not been found.

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