From Beverley Randolph
Richmond June 5th 1789
The inclosed letters contain the latest intelligence received from our southwestern frontier.1 I did myself the honour to inform you on the first of the present month, that the state of Virginia retained in service the troops employed in the defence of the counties of Washington, Montgomery and Russel. This force consists of fifty rangers and four Scouts which were directed to be raised in the county of Russel. Russel has lately been taken from the frontiers of Washington it was therefore supposed, that it would be unnecessary to keep any body of men together in the latter county as its inhabitants would be effectually protected by those which would be raised in the former. Having received no information from the County Lieutenant of Russel we are unable to inform you whether the rangers have been raised at all or in what manner they are employed. I have &c.
LB, Vi: Executive Letter Books.
1. The enclosures may have included copies of letters to Randolph from George Clendinen, 6 May, from David Shepherd, 12 May, from Benjamin Wilson, 22 May and from Arthur Campbell, 27 May, all of which dealt with Indian depredations on the frontier (Calendar of Virginia State Papers, description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 vols. Richmond, 1875–93. description ends 4:605–6, 613, 621, 631–32).