From Walter Steuart
Raes Town June 27th 1758
I Acknowledge the Recet of your Letter by Capt. Fields, Inclosing me a Blank Commission; but his being detain’d so long upon the Way to Fort Littleton, prevented my sending ane Express to Winchester, & I was told by Coll Bouquet that the day I got your Letter, you was to set off for Fort Cumberland1—I Confess my self greatly Obliged to you for your kind offer, And agree with you in oppinion, that a Compy in the Regiment is preferable to the Lieutcy of the Troop, therefore shall keep the Commission you sent me, & trust to the event of this Campaign for my Continuance. I am Sir with due respect yr most Obedt humle Servt
1. Lt. Walter Steuart of the 1st Virginia Regiment, a veteran of the Braddock campaign in 1755, was in the contingent that marched with Lt. Col. Adam Stephen at the beginning of June to Fort Loudoun, Pennsylvania. John Field, who also marched with Stephen, was back in Winchester on 15 June to receive funds from GW for Stephen’s forces (see GW’s Memorandum, c.15 June). For correspondence about Steuart’s promotion, see GW to Blair, 28 May. For full identification of Steuart, see GW’s Orders, 18 Sept. 1755.