George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Fairfax, Henry Lee, and Culpeper County Lieutenant, 16 June 1757

To William Fairfax, Henry Lee, and Culpeper County Lieutenant

Copy of a Letter sent to the County-Lieutenants of Fairfax, Prince-William, and Culpeper.1

Gentlemen.Fort Loudoun: June 16th 1757.

This moment the enclosed is come to my hand, with another letter much more particular, but too long for me to copy,2 as I think no time shou’d be lost in transmitting intelligence of this important nature. Three Indians are come in wounded, and saw the french army this side of Monongahela, near the place of Genl Braddocks defeat: So that the truth of this report is, I believe, unquestionable.

I therefore hope you will not think it needful at so critical a juncture as this, to wait the Governors Orders for marching your Militia, or part thereof to this place.

You may be assured, the more dispatch you make, the more agreeable it must be to the Governor, and to, Gentlemen, Your most obt Hble Servant,



1For the probable identity of the Culpeper county lieutenant, see GW to Robert Slaughter, 21 June 1757.

2The first letter referred to was from John Dagworthy and the second from James Livingston, both 14 June 1757. See GW to Dinwiddie, 16 June 1757.

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