George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Smith, 22 August 1758

From Charles Smith

Fort Loudoun Augt 22 1758

Dr Sir

I Receivd Your Favour Dated the 20th & has sent Down Your Inclos’d Letters to Allexan⟨a⟩ by Mr Cooper.1

You say I Did very Rong in Keeping Govenours Fauiquars Letter to Governour Sharp so Long, & then Sending it to you I can assure You to my knowledg I Never see the Letter but allways takes the Greatest Care of there Letters, as Well as Yours Which I Shall Resarve as Part of My Care.

I Receivd a Letter From Governour Sharp Dated the 18th Wherein he Informs me that it is Reported, as Lewes Burg was given up the 22d of Last Month but with What Foundation he knows not.

it Gives me a Deal of Sattesfaction to here that You & the rest of the Gentn Lives so agreable to Your one tastes, it is more then I can say, for this is the Dulest Place You ever See.

I have Wrote to hardewick at Every Oppertunity to Answer Your Letters, as I am sensibel he ought so to do,2 I am in Hast, & no more to ad, beleive I am Your Friend & Very Humbe Servt

Chs Smith


1GW’s letter to Smith of 20 Aug. has not been found. The enclosed letters to Alexandria probably included two letters dated 20 Aug.: one to John Carlyle and the other to John Kirkpatrick, both also missing. See Carlyle to GW, 22 Aug., and Kirkpatrick to GW, 23 August. Mr. Cooper is undoubtedly the “Cowper” who delivered GW’s letter of 20 Aug. to Kirkpatrick (see Kirkpatrick to GW, 23 Aug.). Although a number of men named Cooper were living in Frederick County in 1758, Thomas Cooper is the one of these most likely to have been the messenger. See also John Baylis’s reference to “one Mr Cooper” who got “most Inhumanly Beaten by the soldiers” at Winchester (Baylis to GW, 30 Jan. 1758).

2Christopher Hardwick was the resident overseer of GW’s Bullskin plantation in Frederick County.

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