George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Stewart, 8 March 1760

From Robert Stewart

Williamsbg March 8th 1760

My Dear Sir

With a heart that overflows with Gratitude I return my most unfeign’d thanks for that fresh mark of your true Friendship and Noble generosity to me, so amply evinc’d in your’s of the 20th Ulto which I yesterday had the infinite pleasure of receiving,1 But I should never forgive myself if I should by making use of your uncommon goodness, in the least degree embarrass, much less cause a material disappointment in the prosecution of your affairs, therefore my dear Sir let me entreat you not to think of being off any Bargain or do anything that might cause the most distant risque of a Bill’s returning, for I solemnly declare it would give me much more uneasiness to be instrumental in occasioning either, than to continue a Sub[altern] for ever—besides there’s but a very small chance for my procuring a Purchass supposing me possessed of never so much Money2 another reason is that by a Memorial we have given into the Assembly (which is referrd to the next Session) we have great room to hope that we will when reduc’d receive Half Pay or an equivalent to it3 these reasons added to the strong Attachment I have to this Colony which a number of concurring circumstances obliges me to Love, has determin’d me to apply for Leave to Sell out, or, if that can’t be obtain’d to Resign.

The Assembly has voted Twenty thousand Pounds to support the Regt till next November and 300 Men till the following April if the Governor should Judge it necessary to keep up that Numr,4 It’s said the Assembly will rise in 4 or 5 days5—We have no other News of any kind here that can merit your notice and as the Bearer (who assures me you will receive this in 3 Days) is just setting out have only Time to beg you that you will be so good as to render my Respectfull & most obliging Complemts acceptable to your Lady and be assur’d that I am & ever will be With the warmest and most Gratefull sense of your vast Friendship My Dear Colo. Your Most Affecte & Most Obliged hble Servt

Robert Stewart


1GW’s letter has not been found.

2For Stewart’s request that GW agree to back a loan of £300 should Stewart have the opportunity of buying a captaincy in the army, see Stewart to GW, 25 Jan. 1760.

3On 7 Mar. 1760, “A Memorial of the Officers of the Virginia Regiment was presented to the House and read, setting forth” the sacrifices they had made and the services they had rendered to the colony, and asking the House of Burgesses to “form some Establishment for their future Support” (JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1758–1761, 162). In 1762 the Virginia assembly voted the officers a year’s pay (7 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 492–93).

4See ibid., 347–53. Without this measure, Governor Fauquier would have had to disband the Virginia Regiment on 1 May 1760 (ibid., 381–83).

5The governor prorogued the assembly on 11 March.

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