George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Byrd, 8 July 1756

From William Byrd

Westover, July 8th 1756.

Dear Sr

The young Gentleman who will deliver you this Letter is the Associator I mention’d to you, when I had the Pleasure of seeing you in Williamsburgh, Shoud it be convenient for you, Sr, to give him some Commission in your Regiment, I don’t doubt but you will approve of him on Tryall.1 I wish for nothing more than an Opportunity to entertain you at Westover, for I assure you I am with very great Regard Dear Sr Your Most Obdt Hble Sert

W. Byrd


William Byrd III (1728–1777), of Westover plantation on the James River and a member of the colonial council, was to become the colonel of the 2d Virginia Regiment when it was formed in 1758.

1See Dinwiddie’s statement in support of Henry Timberlake, 12 July 1756.

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