To Robert Dinwiddie
[Fort Loudoun] June 16th 1757.
To The Governor
This instant the enclosed letters came to my hands1—I have not lost a moments time in transmitting them to you, as I look upon the intelligence to be of the utmost importance. If the enemy are coming down in such numbers and with such a train of artillery as we are bid to expect, Fort Cumberland must inevitably fall into their hands, as no timely efforts can be made to relieve the Garrison. I send you a copy of a council of war held upon this occasion:2 The advice I intend to pursue until I shall receive orders how to conduct myself. It is morally certain, that the next object which the French have in view is Fort Loudoun; and that it is yet in a very untenable posture: They have no roads for carriages into any other Province, but thro’ this. And there lies a quantity of Stores here belonging to His Majesty and to this Colony, very much exposed and unguarded.
I shall not take up your time, Sir, with a tedious detail: You will be a sufficient judge of the present situation of affairs, from those circumstances already related. I have written to the commanding officers of Fairfax, Prince-William, and Culpeper: a copy of which letters I enclose your Honor, to march part of their Militia to this place immediately, that no time may be lost.3 I shall, you may be assured, Sir, make the best defence I can, if attacked; and am Your Honors Most obedt Hble Servant,
1. The entry of 20 June 1757 in the Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia begins: “The Governor communicated to the Board a Letter from Colonel Washington of the 16th Instant, inclosing a Letter from Captain Dagworthy and another which he received from Major James Livingston dated at Fort Cumberland the 14th instant . . .” (6:57–58).