George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Denny, 9 October 1757

From William Denny

Philadelphia 9th Octr 1757.


Inclosed is a Copy of Sir William Johnson’s Letter delivered to me by the Person who conducted the Cherokees to this City1 by which you will perceive that they are upon an important Errand and should not be delayed one moment. I desire that you will be so good as to mention the Day and Hour they arrive with you,2 This Province chearfully bears the Expenses of their Journey to Winchester.

I make no Doubt of their receiving from you as kind Treatment as they have met with here and that they will be enabled to perform the rest of their Journey with satisfaction, safety and Dispatch. I am Sir your most humble servt

William Denny.

LB (photocopy), DLC:GW; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.

William Denny (1709–1765) was made governor of Pennsylvania in May 1756 and was recalled in 1759 after earning the contempt of most Pennsylvanians.

1At the meeting with Indian superintendent Sir William Johnson on 19 Sept., which is described in the enclosure, “George a Seneca Sachem stood up & said he proposed to accompany their Bretheren the Cherokees as far as Philadelphia & if his Shoes would hold out perhaps he might go farther with them” (Sullivan, William Johnson Papers description begins Milton W. Hamilton et al., eds. The Papers of Sir William Johnson. 14 vols. Albany, 1921–65. description ends , 9:848).

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