George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Denny, 23 October 1757

To William Denny

Fort Loudoun Octr 23d 1757.


Your favour Inclosing Sir William Johnson’s Letter,1 I had the Honour to receive Yesterday between four & five P.M.2—at which time the Indians therein spoke of3 arrivd here. About the same hour to day they depart; Escorted by an Officer whom I have chargd with the care of conducting them to the first Garrison in Carolina.4

I have bought of the bearer, Mr James Innis, the Horses which conveyd them hither, and which he tells me, he was Instructed to sell.5 All other necessary Expences arising in their March through this Colony, I shall pay in behalf of this Government.6 I am Sir, with great respect Yr most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; LB, DLC:GW. The differences between the two copies, which are noted, are typical of the changes GW made when in later years correcting his letter books for the copyist. See the Preface in volume 1 of 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 .

1In the letter-book copy “enclosing . . . letter” is in parentheses. Denny’s letter was dated 9 Oct. 1757.

2The letter-book copy substitutes “4 & 5 of the clock, P.M.

3The phrase “therein spoken of” is enclosed in parentheses in the letter-book copy.

5GW in his letter book substituted “dispose of” for “sell.” On this date James Ennis was paid £14 “for 4 Horses bought to bring the four Cherokee deputys to Winchesr by order of the Pensilva Comissrs” (Va. Regimental Accounts, 1755–58, DLC:GW). James Ennis (Innis) was employed by the colony of Pennsylvania as an express rider and was used upon occasion as a guide for parties of Indians.

6In the letter book it is: “on behalf of the Government.”

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