George Washington Papers

Orders, 26 December 1755


Parole: Farnham.

Winchester, December 26th 1755.

It is Colonel Washingtons Orders, that the Recruiting Officers who arrived in town yesterday do give in a Return immediately of the number of men they have recruited since the 4th instant. They are to be drawn up to-morrow at ten o’clock to be reviewed, and have the Articles of War read to them. A Court of Enquiry to sit immediately to examine whether William Mitcalfe,1 recruited by Ensign Smith, is duly enlisted. Major Lewis, President. Each Officer to give in a Return of the number of Recruits he brought to town, to the Commissary, who is to deliver to them three days provision. The Commissary to engage a Smith immediately to make six pair of hand-cuffs.

Robert Eldridge, who was confined for insulting Ensign Thompson, is ordered to be released; having made suitable acknowledgments, and received a proper Reprimand for his misbehaviour.


1William Medcalfe (Mitcalfe) signed the payroll for Capt. Robert Stewart’s company for Jan. 1756, but he was not on the 11 May 1756 size roll of Stewart’s men stationed at Maidstone.

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