George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Joshua Beall, 1 November 1757

To Joshua Beall

[Fort Loudoun, 1 November 1757]

To Captn Jos: Beale. of the Maryland Troops—Ft Fredk

Your favour of the 25th ultimo was delivered me to-day1—If you had been more explicit in relating the circumstances of the abuse you were pleased to complain of, I shou’d have been better enabled to judge of the fact. But, after confessing, as you have done, that you made no enquiry at all into the affair, I am not more surprized at your making the complaint, than I am at a loss how to redress it.

I hope you will do me the justice to believe, that I never countenance commissioned, much less n. commissioned, officers, or private men, in irregular and disorderly Behaviour: especially in matters that may interrupt the good harmony subsisting, or which ought to subsist between troops of the different Governments.

It hath been my study to cultivate unanimity and a quet2 correspondence among them, and to prevent every thing which might have had a contrary tendency.

Henry Williams, the Sergeant, of whom you complain, belongs to Capt. Lewis’s Company, and is posted not far from your Garrison. If, therefore, you will produce testimony of this outrage to his Captain, he will see that satisfaction is made to the injured party.3

The enclosed directs you there.4 I am, Sir, Your most ob. St



Joshua Beall (c.1719–c.1796) was captain of the detachment of men from Prince George’s County at Fort Frederick, Maryland.

1Beall’s letter has not been found.

2Perhaps the copyist intended to write “quiet.”

3According to the size rolls of Thomas Cocke’s company (13 July 1756) and of Joshua Lewis’s company (September 1757), both in the Virginia Regiment, Sgt. Henry Williams was recruited by Capt. John Dagworthy of the Maryland forces at Frederick Town, Md., July 1754. He was a planter born in Ireland, and he was 26 years old in 1757.

4The enclosure has not been identified.

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