George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Bouquet, 23 August 1758

From Henry Bouquet

Reas Town Camp 23d Augt 1758

Dear Sir

The Governors in America have no Comand of the Troops even of their own Province as soon as they are joined wth any other of his Majestys Forces, unless they have a Comission from the Commander in Chief for that Purpose.

I have commanded the Forces at Philada and at Charles Town, tho’ the Governor was Capt. General in his Province, and was intirely independant from them.

Governor Sharpe will not expect to have the Comand as Governor, and as Lieut. Col. he can not; and would not I Suppose choose to serve in that Rank: Therefore you are very Right in Keeping it.1

I Send Capt. Trent to bring here the Indians wth you.2

The Intelligences received by Lieuts. Allen and Chew of your Regt are full and very Satisfactory.3 I am Dear Sir Your most obedt Hble Servant

Henry Bouquet


2This was William Trent (1715–1787), the Indian trader and GW’s old associate.

3Colby Chew’s report on the road, 7–19 Aug. 1758, is described in Chew to GW, 22 Aug., n.1. Ens. John Allen of the 1st Virginia Regiment set out from Maj. George Armstrong’s encampment on Quemahoning, or Drounding, Creek on 8 Aug. with a party to reconnoiter Fort Duquesne and returned to Armstrong’s camp on 18 August. See his “Report on Fort Duquesne” in Stevens, Bouquet Papers description begins Donald H. Kent et al., eds. The Papers of Henry Bouquet. 6 vols. Harrisburg, Pa., 1951-94. description ends , 2:324–26.

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