George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Waggener, 30 April 1758

From Thomas Waggener

Fort Hopewell Aprill 30th 1758.


I should have comply’d with your orders in Sending an officer or two Recruiting, but it’s Imposible to do It without leaveing some of the Forts without an officer, There’s Not two at any place but this & Capt. McKenzies.1 I recd a Letter From Mr Boyd who inform’d me, it was yr orders for an officer From Each company to come Down for the pay, which accordingly I have sent. Capt. McKenzie Petision’d to go him self and Settle his Pay Roll’s with Mr Boyd, As Mr Gist is but Just Returnd with the Indianes, & very much Fatigued, the Particulars Of his Discovery’s you’ll be inform’d of by Capt. McKenzie.2

Your Recruiting o⟨rders⟩ shall be Punktually Obey’d. But beleive few, or no⟨ne wi⟩ll Inlist on the Branch, as they Say they are doing their ⟨mutilated⟩ the same service, as if Inlisted, As for the charges against Lt Steenbergen, the Officers that Come Down will give them in to you.3 I am Sir Your most Obedt Humble Servt

Thos Waggener


1Captain Waggener and his men manned the forts on the South Branch (including Fort Hopewell) upstream and to the south of the Trough, whereas Capt. Robert McKenzie and his company had been stationed in forts to the north of the Trough (including Fort Pleasant) since the summer of 1756.

2GW gives an account of Nathaniel Gist’s adventures near Fort Duquesne in his letters to John Blair, 4–10 May, and to John St. Clair, 4 May 1758.

3For the charges against Peter Steenbergen, see Court of Inquiry, 4–8 May 1758.

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