George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Christopher Gist, 1 November 1755

From Christopher Gist

Philadelphia Novr 1st 1755

My Dear Friend

I have taken all the pains in My Power to find the true Intents of the Indians. Monnacatootha is return’d from the Six Nations, but is not yet come from Shamokin. but I understand he and the Other chiefs will On Sunday or Monday be at John Harrises Ferry where I intend god willing to Meet them.1 but I am to go to Conrad Wiser and get all he knows; I have the governors Letters to him on that Head. so I Shall be Able to give you All the Intelligence that can possiblly be got. The Governor Morris Last Night Offer’d Me a Capts. Commissn in this province not Knowing I had one under you. I fi⟨nd⟩ By that they Intend to do Somthing in Arnest ⟨mutilated⟩ the Two Lower County’s have Pass’d the Militia Law2mutilated⟩ Offers £2000 the governor has wrote you by Express3—I will be with you or Send an Express when I am Rightly Certain of the Indians Intentions pray Excuse hast Sir yr Most Hume Servt

Christr Gist


1GW ordered Gist on 18 Oct. to go to Harris’s ferry to meet with the Indians there. See also GW to Dinwiddie, 17 Oct. 1755, notes 1 and 3.

2The Delaware Assembly did not in fact pass its militia act until 24 Mar. 1756.

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