George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Lewis, 25 January 1756

From Charles Lewis

Fredericksburg Jany 25th 1756


The inclos’d is a Letter from Colo. Stephen,1 with which I should have waited on You, had I not have heard You were gone to Williamsburg; I am now a recruiting much discourag’d by the Gentlemen’s Success, who have lately been, but no Pains shall be wanting on my Side to compleat my Company, but I fear it will be without Effect, Colo. Stephen’s Orders to repair to Winchester by the first of March I presume, is too short a Time to do much Business in, wherefore should be glad You would increase the Time either to the first of April, or alow us as many more Days as Yr superior Judgment shall think proper, this if You please You may let me know Pr Bearer hereof.

Whatever Questions you may desire to ask me relative to the Inquiry You’ll find in Colo. Stephen’s Letter shall be faithfully answerd, either by Letter or Mouth according to yr Directions by the Bearer.2 I am Sir with the greatest Esteem yr most Obedient most Humble Servt

Charles Lewis


1This must have been Adam Stephen’s letter of 18 Jan., for GW’s response to Lewis on 27 Jan. makes clear that he has read Stephen’s letter, though he does not respond to Stephen until 1 Feb.

2Lewis was referring to the court of inquiry held at Fort Cumberland to investigate the conduct of Lt. William Stark, in which Charles Lewis testified.

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