George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Abraham Bosomworth, 23 August 1758

From Abraham Bosomworth

Camp at Rays Town 23d Augst 1758

Dear Sir

I have scarce been able (from a Sprain in my Wrist) to hold a Pen for this sometime past, or Would have done myself the pleasure of writing oftener, the Current News I made shift to scrawl to Colo. Byrd once or twice which I desired him to acquaint you with. Colo. Burd of the 2nd Battn Pennsylvs. Major Grant with a Detachment of 300 Highlandrs and all the Royal Americans march this day to take Post at Loyalhannan1, The General still remains below for the recovery of his health and I presume will not move till the road is cut to our Advance Post, Every thing has but a bad Aspect with Genl Abercromby, His Troops are intrenchd at Fort Wm Henry, Montcalm has an Incampment within 16 miles of him wch Coll Haviland is gone to attack, Bradstreet is gone with 4000 men as is supposed to Frontinac;2 The two Parties of Cherokees which were out at the French Fort are returned Ensn Chew was with them they had a very fair & full view of it there are about 200 or 300 Indians there & as many White men no New Works at all abt 18 pieces of Cannon I dare say no Reinforcement is yet arrived from the Northward.3 I wish you may soon join us & am Dr Sir Yr most Obedt Servt

A. Bosomworth

N.B. There is a Grand Treaty going to be held with all the Ohio Indians & those as far as the lakes in Septr which will be an excellent Diversion if accomplished.


1Bouquet wrote St. Clair from Raystown on this date: “col. [James] Burd, & Major [James] Grant, march to day for L[oyal] H[anna] wth the [Royal] Americans, who are to be joined by the detachments upon the Allegheny that the four Compys be together at L. H. 5 Compys of Highl[anders] which are likewise to take wth them all the men belonging to them The Second Batt. of Pensilvania, to be joined also by all the People belonging to them The 6 Compys of Col. Washington are also to march to Loyl H.

“and you will Keep upon the Road on this Side of L. H. the first Battn of Pensilvania, and the two artificers Compys of Virginia, wth the Compy of the Lower County [Delaware.]

“Col. [John] Armstrong is to command at Kickeny Pawlins [Kickenpauling’s Old Town] and along the Communication from the Gap of the Allegheny [Mountain] to the foot of Lawrell Hill” (Stevens, Bouquet Papers description begins Donald H. Kent et al., eds. The Papers of Henry Bouquet. 6 vols. Harrisburg, Pa., 1951-94. description ends , 2:408–9). Grant wrote to General Forbes from “Allegheny Hill” on 26 Aug. about the progress of the expedition (Scottish Record Office: Dalhousie Muniments).

2Lt. Col. William Haviland (1718–1784), commandant at Fort Edward during 1757–58, was present at the battle of Ticonderoga in 1758. See also Joseph Chew to GW, 11 Sept. 1758, n.1.

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