From Adam Stephen
Fredericksburgh April 22d 1758
I am this moment arrived, and find your orders to march, which shall be Complyd with; tho’ The President gave directions for refreshing the men and Paying them off here1—As soon as the men are on their March I will come on, and hope the pleasure of Seeing you thursday night;2 in the mean time; I am with Respect, Sir, your most Obt Hube Sert
1. Lt. Col. Adam Stephen and Capt. George Mercer had just returned with two companies of the Virginia Regiment from Charleston, where they had gone for the defense of South Carolina at the end of May 1757. Both men participated in Forbes’s expedition in 1758, Stephen as lieutenant colonel of GW’s 1st Virginia Regiment and Mercer as lieutenant colonel of William Byrd’s 2d Virginia Regiment.
2. The following Thursday was 27 April, but Stephen did not get to Winchester with the men from the two companies until Wednesday, 3 May.