George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Waggener, 25 April 1758

To Thomas Waggener

Capt. Waggener

Sir:Fort Loudoun, the 25th of April, 1758.

I received Orders yesterday from the President, to direct the Captains of the Virginia Regiment to complete their companies, with all possible expedition, to 1,00 Rank & File. Ten pounds, bounty-money, are to be allowed to each recruit; the Officers (reasonable) Expences borne, and the men so enlisted, to be discharged, the first day of December next: which is greater encouragement than hath been given before; and I hope will be the means of procuring us the complement we want, speedily.1

I must desire, you will send an officer or two to this place for the above purpose, if you can spare them; and use your utmost endeavours to pick up what able-bodied men you can upon the Branch.

Inform all the Officers under your care, that this is expected of them; & strictly charge them to enlist no men but those entirely fit for the Service.

I have no money to send you, having received none from below; but if you can muster up a little for advance, you may give each Recruit an order on me for the balance of his £10 and it shall be duly paid.

There is another encouragement which I forgot to mention at first, and that is; clothing, which they will receive.

Doctor Johnston is sent for down.2 I am, Sir, Your most obed. Servant,



Capt. Thomas Waggener, an officer in the Virginia forces since February 1754, was at this time a company commander and the senior officer among the forces of the Virginia Regiment stationed in the forts on the South Branch of the Potomac.

1For a discussion of GW’s difficulties with regard to this £10 bounty for enlistment, see GW to Andrew Lewis, 21 April, n.1.

2Robert Johnston, a volunteer in the 1st Virginia Regiment, became the surgeon in William Byrd’s new 2d Virginia Regiment.

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