George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Bouquet, 13 July 1758

To Henry Bouquet

Camp at Fort Cumberland 13th July 1758


Your favour of the 11th by Doctr Johnston I had the pleasure to receive the same day. nothing extraordinary since my last has occurd.1

By a Party from Colo. Mercer to this place for Provisions I find, they have opend the Road only 6 Miles; and that they proceed much slower in this Service than I expected: this possibly may arise from the pains they take to make the Road good, and from the width of it (30 Feet) which I directed, that two Waggon’s might conveniently go a brest. If you don’t open on your side in this manner, I shoud be obligd to you to direct Colo. Mercer otherwise. as it will be useless to have one part wide & the other narrow.

It gave me great pleasure to find you approv’d of the dress I have put my Men into. I have really done it from a good Intention—Caprice and whim had no share in causing of it—on the contrary, ’tis evident I think, that Soldiers in such a dress are better able to carry their Provisions; are fitter for the active Service we are engagd in; and less liable to sink under the fatigues of a long March besides the advantages of contracting by this means our Line of March which must extend always in proportion as we are incumberd with carriages or Horses.2

I have heard nothing from Captn Dagworthy since he Marchd; but expect the Waggons are at Winchester by this time that I dispatchd the same day.3 I beg pardon for the liberty I have taken in recommending a Letter for Majr Halkett to yr care4—with most sincere regard I am Sir Yr most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, British Museum: Add. MSS 21641 (Bouquet Papers); LB (original), DLC:GW; LB (recopied), DLC:GW.

1This was almost certainly Robert Johnston, the surgeon of the 2d Virginia Regiment.

2For a discussion of the correspondence about putting the Virginia troops in Indian dress, see GW to Bouquet, 3 July (first letter), n.6.

3GW sent the wagons back on 9 July. For the return trip of the wagon train, see GW to Bouquet, 7 July, n.5, and Christopher Gist, 20 July.

4No letter from GW to Francis Halkett written at this time has been found.

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