From John McNeill
Winchester Decr 4th 1755
By Captn Hog’s orders I came down here for Money to pay for Provisions Contracted for. I now return to Fort Dinwiddie with it, from which I hope you’ll be so good as to give orders for my being soon releas’d, that I may Join the Troop in which (I learn) you have been pleas’d to promise me an Appointment, the requesting this favour will I hope be the more readily forgiven as it proceeds from the high oppinion I have of your inclination to do Justice to those who have the honour to Serve under you and to prevent my being Subjected to the misfortune I last Campaign labour’d under wh. the Governor is pleas’d to assign as one of the principall reasons for my being superceeded.1 In the mean-time I beg leave to Subscribe myself. With profound Respect Sir Your Most Obet hble Servt
1. By “my being superceeded,” McNeill presumably was referring to the fact that he was passed over for promotion to captain when other of his fellow officers in the Virginia Regiment were promoted in September. McNeill probably did not march into Pennsylvania with General Braddock but remained behind with Captain Andrew Lewis to protect the Virginia frontier.