George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Dagworthy, 16 June 1757

To John Dagworthy

Fort Loudoun June 16th 1757


I have seen your Letter, and have dispatchd Copy’s of it by good Expresses to Governor Dinwiddie, Govr Sharpe, Colo. Stanwix and the County Lieutenants of four Countys;1 so that I have no manner of doubt, but a very considerable Force will be with you in a very little time.

I have dispatchd the bearer to inform you of this, that it may give Spirit to your Garrison. I heartily wish you all the Success your merit may deserve, and am Sir Yr most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, owned (1969) by H. Bartholomew Cox; LB, DLC:GW. The differences in wording between the original letter and the letter-book copy are typical of the alterations GW made in his letter books of this period (see The Letter Book for the Braddock Campaign, 2 March–14 August 1755, Papers, Colonial Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series. 10 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1983–95. description ends , 1:236–40): “doubt” is substituted for “manner of doubts”; “little,” for “short”; and “inspirit,” for “give Spirit to.” Given GW’s past relations with Dagworthy, it may be significant that after a passage of time GW inserted “Hble” in the closing of the letter-book copy.

1GW wrote letters to all of these on this date; Andrew Lewis was serving as county lieutenant of Augusta County.

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