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I was some weeks out of Town for the benefit of my Health, which I seldom enjoy here, on my return to this place I had the immense pleasure to receive both your Affectionate and most acceptable Favors of the 5th August via Barbados and of the 1st Novemr under Cover from my Friend Mr Jameison from Norfolk breathing those Sentiments of real Friendship which I have on all occasions had the...
In my last from London I gave you a detail of the various schemes I had form’d and of the great disappointments I had experienced in endeavouring to carry them into execution, I was at length appointed Comptroller of his Majesty’s Customs in this place, an Office which I was inform’d was a very reputable one and worth at least a thousand Sterling ⅌ ann:—the first part of the information I...
In my last which has distanced this much farther than I intended I gave you a circumstantial Detail of Lord Egmont’s Plan, the motives that induc’d us to Join him, and the various Causes that occasioned it’s overthrow; upon which, we resum’d our originial Claim at the Board of Trade, where it was intimated to us by the First Lord Commissioner that, had we stood upon our own Legs, we might...
I was detain’d at Philadelphia some time after Date of my last to you (by Mr Jo: Watson) however we at length embarkd, on the 28th of October we lost sight of the American Coast and after a Passage of 35 Days in which we had very boisterous weather and two dreadfull Storms on the French Coast from which we with the utmost difficulty escap’d Ship wreck, we arriv’d at Dover, where we gladly...
On my return from the Country I happen’d to call at the Post Office to see if there was any Letters for me and to my great surprise found the Inclos’d which I sent upwards of 5 weeks ago by an acquaintance’s Servant (for I have had none of my own these six months) to the Office, the Postmasr’s boy insists it was only deliver’d a few days ago and as the Gentn and his Servant is gone to the West...
I had the extreme pleasure to receive your very Affecte Favour Covering your 2d Sett of Bills. From the Date of my last I was kept in daily expectations of getting leave to go to England, and put off writing to you in hopes I should have been able to have wrote you something decisive with regard to my affairs, but Sir Jeffery always found new reasons for my detention. I could not by any means...
Both your favours of the 27th April & 2d May, Covering your Bills for £302 Sterg I recd from Mr Robinson last week and would have instantly acknowledg’d the rect of them but that I knew the Bearer would set out for Virginia in a few days which is a better and perhaps a safer conveyance than by Post the irregularity of which I have long since been convinc’d off—But where shall I find words to...
On the 18th of Janry I did myself the pleasure to write you a long Letter from hence, which by Post I sent under Cover to Mr Ramsay at Alexandria, and which I hope has long since got to hand, In that I inform’d you of the Plann I had form’d for my Promotion, the encouragement I met with and the high probability there was of Success; for sometime thereafter my affairs under the auspices of Genl...
Two Days ago I arrived here, after a tedious Journey render’d doubly disagreeable by the excessive badness of the Roads & the extreme rigour of the weather, I was detain’d three Days at the River Susquhana, which was fill’d with such quantitys of driving Ice, as to make it impracticable for Boats; it at length shut up and I at some risque cross’d upon the Ice. On my arrival at this place I...
I a few days ago had the pleasure to receive your obliging favour from Hoe’s Ferry and am under the greatest concern for the return of your Ladys Indisposition, I would fain hope that the skill of the Faculty, your return and the excellent Weather will effect her recovery and perfectly re establish her Health an accot of which would afford me immense Joy —After rect of yours I lost no Time in...
Since parting with you I have view’d the Plan I laid before you with the closest attention, and the reasons for attempting the execution of it are so vastly corroborated by your approbation, that I am stimulated with the keenest fervour to essay the Success of the first essential step, previously necessary to my appearing at Head Quarters. In the event of our dissolution as a Corps I am...
I did myself the pleasure to write you from Doctor Walker’s, I have since from Fort Lewis acknowledg’d the rect of your extreme Friendly and affecte Letter of the 31st December. A number of our Officers are by Orders assembled here to Settle some Regimental Affairs, which we have just finish’d, and now the Virginia Regt exists no longer, I wish they have not been premature in Disbanding a...
Your most acceptable Favour of the 31st Decemr I this Day had the very great pleasure to receive and as you therein make no mention of your Disorder I would fain flatter myself with the pleasing hope of your being quite recover’d than a confirmation of which nothing could afford me more real Joy—I had not the good Fortune to receive that you was Pleas’d to write me from Colo. Bassets. In my...
At Doctr Walker’s In Albermarle Coty My Dear Sir Janry 25th 1762. Soon after our last very mortifying Parting I was attackd with a Rheumatism which confind me till some Time after I had the infinite pleasure to hear of your being so much recover’d as to be in condition to return home —So soon as I got able to ride I went to Petersburgh where I put myself under the Direction of Doctor Jamison...
I arrived here last Saturday in Compy with Doctor Stuart who laid a State of your case before Doctor Macleane and now send you their opinions But as the changes to which your Disorder are Subject and the distance of Time and Place may probably in some measure destroy the efficacy of what they prescribe I would earnestly beg leave to recommend your coming here as soon as the circumstances of...
Camp at Stalnaker’s on Holstein River My dear Colo. 20th July 1761 Two days after the Date of my last we March’d from Fort Chiswell (where Stephen, Woodward & their Compys remain) and after a March of six Days we Joind Majr Lewis at this place where I understand a Post is to be Built. On the 16th two runners from the little Carpenter came into Camp, the Day following himself with 42 of his...
I did myself the great pleasure to write you by Mr Jo: Watson from the Camp near Staunton from which we mov’d the day following, and after a tedious and fatigueing March we arriv’d last week at this our most advanc’d Post, about three hundred Miles from Winchester. Major Lewis March’d from hence yesterday with 3 Compys to open the Road leading to Holston’s River, the Colonel myself and 5...
I had the extreme pleasure to receive your most affectionate Letter containing the Joyous accot of the Election, than the pleasing circumstances of which nothing could have afforded more solid satisfaction[.] Two days preceedg the 18th the Adjutant applied to me for leave to return to Winchester which I absolutely refus’d, however in about 20 hours an Express brought me a positive Order for...
Yesterday about noon we arriv’d at this place where the loss of some Waggon Horses, want of Provisions for the Waggoners, and Forrage for the Horses oblig’d me to remain last night, I this morning sent to Reconnoitre Cedar Creek which is found immensely swell’d by the heavy Rains and deem’d impassable so that we are likely to remain here at least for this Day. I flatter myself that the Success...
I have just had the great pleasure of receiving your agreeable Favour of the 27th Ulto and am glad that there is some prospect of the Regiment’s being supplied with these necessaries. Capt. McKenzie to the great Joy of the Corps has just rejoin’d us, by him we learn that Colo. Byrd is appointed to Command the Expedition against the Cherokees, and that a Demand of a thousd more Men is made upon...
Agreeable to your desire I send you Inclos’d a List of such things as the Regiment is most and in immediate want off, I could not get an accot of their cost, but it may be known from the Commissioners for exaiming the Regimental accots who no doubt are poss’d of the original accots Colo. Byrd gave in I likewise transmit you my Sentiments on the affairs we talk’d off at parting, which I fear...
I on many accots am encourag’d to take the liberty of Inclosing You a List of several indispensably requisite accutrements and Necessaries for the Regiment, which are not yet provided, and which we ought to receive previously to our Marching, it is needless to inform you of who so perfectly knows their utility & how much the Men would be Distress’d by wanting them, which, and their small...
I arrivd here the 11th Inst. after the most severe and longest Campaign I ever Serv’d and the excessive pleasure I enjoy by hearing of your welfare rises in proportion to the great uneasiness I from a dread of the reverse was long under, not only, by the uncommon Secession of your so much desir’d, till then uninterupted, & truely valuable Corrispondence, but, my not being able to learn any...
Since my last long Letter from this place I recd Intelligence from the neighbouring Indians that they discover’d where a large Body of the Enemy had just pass’d about 28 Miles above us and seem’d to bend their course this way, a Delaware spoke to some of their Savages who told him they were off a large Party design’d for this place, I at 2 oClock this morning Detach’d an officer & 20 alert...
In my last by Colo. Martin I inform’d you that I had Inlisted a Man to Serve in Allen’s room, but that the extreme unreasonable Terms which Allen insisted on prevented my applying for his Discharge till I hear’d from you, I have since wrote to Capt. McKinzie to see if he could possibly procure a good man for your purpose upon reasonable Terms. It was with great concern I was inform’d that you...
Three Days after I parted with you I got a Man to Inlist in the room of Allen, for about 50/. Expence, and wheneve[r] the Companies from Augusta arriv’d I found out Allen, but every argument I could use could not prevail upon him to engage for more than two years, nor would he take less than £20 ⅌ ann. his Terms are so extremely unreasonable that I have not apply’d for his Discharge, as I’m...
Next day after parting I got here, where I found Colo. Byrd and Paddy is to join him in a few days; I hope ’ere now Bishop is with you; Colo. Byrd says you must send the General a man in his room. Major Lewis by Express informs the Colo. that on the 30th Ulto Capt. Gist was at Bryant’s attack’d by a Body of Cherrokees which he by the advantage of some Houses that he avail’d himself off Beat...
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, 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...
When I recd the Inclos’d I propos’d to have done myself the pleasure of delivering it with my own hands, and in person return’d my unfeign’d thanks for your Freindly & Affectionate Epistle by Finnie, which had taken the Tour of Fort Cumberland, Pittsbg Legonier &Ca before I recd it at Winchester, But deferr’d waiting on you at Mount Vernon till after I had visited this City for the two...
A few days ago I with inexpressible pleasure receiv’d your Affectionate & most obliging favour of the 30th July from Mount Vernon. I’m sorry that the Noble Profession of Arms, so much revered in all Ages, is become the Subject of Redicule to the most ignorant & foolish Tattlers & news mongers amongst the Mob; tho’ it’s no small alleviation of the intended Injury, that these vain Speculative...
Letter not found: from Robert Stewart, 5 Sept. 1759. On 28 Sept. Stewart wrote to GW : “On the 5th of this Month I wrote you.”
I had the extreme pleasure of receiving your very agreeable favour by Mr Boyd and beg leave to present my hearty Congratulations on your happy union with the Lady that all agree has long been the just object of your affections—may you long enjoy all the Felicity you propos’d by it, or that Matrimony can possibly afford—Be so good as to offer my Complements in the most respectful and obliging...
In my last of the 29th Inst. by Mr Smith the Interpr I inclos’d you a Letter from Colo. Bouquet and inform’d you of some things which I beg leave to remind you off the afternoon of that day Colo. Stephens went out of Town when he returns I don’t know. As the Season for taking the Field will soon draw near, there cannot be much time to loose in commencing the necessary preparations for what...
Your affectionate and obliging Letter of the 18th Inst. I with infinite pleasure received the very genteel manner in which those fresh marks of your disinterested Friendship are therein given at once Demonstrate your refin’d Sentiments of that Celestial virtue so rarely found genuine in this world and your steady perseverence in the prosecution of it—If I know anything of myself I think no...
Inclos’d are Returns of the First V. Regt and the Stores here, the former left for you to Sign the other sign’d by Mr Smith I likewise take the liberty of Inclosing you a Copy of my accots relative to the Troop, if any thing can be done I hope you will Please remind the Governor and Assembly that I nor my Officers have never received any Pay, allowance for Horses, Bat or Forrage Money and the...
The Baggage arriv’d here the night before last but the horses so low and Jaded as they could not proceed before this day I have sent Keating & two others to see it safe to the Quarter. There’s no place to receive the Sick and that there should be no Surgeon or Nurses to take care of the Sick & wounded appears shockingly Barbarous. Mr Smith says there’s no materials to finish the Barracks & no...
Just now an Express arriv’d from Winchester with the Inclos’d Letter, the Cover of the Governor’s was quite to Pieces before it came to hand I observe it contains some Commissions I hope mine is amongst them as no body here has any accots from Virginia, I beg you’ll be so good as to let me know the News by first oppy. I wrote you yesterday Just as I was getting ready to March relative to...
A Light Horse man was just setting out for Loyalhannan with an accot of what things could be procur’d here in a short time for our Men when yours of the 21st Inst. by Mr Grant came to hand upon rect of it I immediatly applied to the General for a Party to Winchester to Escort up the Necessaries but he told me it was impossible —therefore I gave the Returns to Speirs & Smith with Directions to...
I had the pleasure of receiving your kind favour of the 16th Inst. and am extremely sorry your March prov’d so disagreeable and doubly so at it’s cause unless the Weather continues good I dread the consequences. Your Letter for Winchester I deliver’d to Jenkins who sets out this morning yours by Mr Chew will be sent by the first Conveyance for Philadelphia. Yesterday Orders were issued for the...
Since my last nothing remarkable has come to my knowledge—’ere now I imagine youll have a perfect accot of the affair at Loyalhannan which here still remains an impenetrable Secret. Stalnaker brought up some Cabbages & Putatoes for you which I in your name sent to the Generals—Colo. Byrd has procur’d some Forrage for your Cow & Calf and we will take particular care of them—As the weather is...
Early this morning I had the very great pleasure of recg your very acceptable Letter of yesterday, Covering Major Halkett’s of the 2d Inst., and with infinite satisfaction observe that fresh mark of your sincere Friendship, and would be quite happy by Fortune’s presenting me with opportunities of testifying the high sense which my grateful heart will ever retain of it. I need not say how happy...
I last night had the pleasure of receiving your very agreeable and obliging favour by Mr Gist, 15 of the men that he brought down with him Join’d to the old Guard Escorts the waggons with the Remainder of the Ball to Fort Cumberland. Jenkins with a Corporal & 6 Horse set out from here highly pleas’d with his Escort[.] I gave the Corporal orders to see him over Spring Gap Mountain and much...
Last night 37 Waggons with Muskett Ball came here from Fort Frederick 18 of which were unloaded here and returns to Fort Frederick for more the other 19 proceeds to Fort Cumberland, Govr Sharpe desir’d Captain Ware Commandg the Escort to apply to me for a small Reinforcement to the Convoy now going to Fort Cumberland I have added a Serjeant & 12 to it which makes it near 50 Effectives. Lieut....
From the bottom of a heart that overflows with Joy I beg leave to offer my Congratulations on your happy Election! doubly so in it’s manner, which considering the vast majority of votes, your absence and your having so long Commanded the whole of that Country in the worst of times, must greatly redound to your honour; and in all human probability will be thrice happy in it’s consequences....
Your favour of yesterday’s Evening was handed me this morning before Reville Beating—In answer I beg leave to assure you that should that formidable Body of Indians attempt this place I will exert myself to the utmost in giving them a proper Reception. It was sometime after dark before the Junction of the little Partys that compose my small Command could be effected, then I did not loose a...
When big with the hopes of your speedy Recovery indulging myself in the pleasing thought and impatiently expecting the agreeable accot Jenkins handed me your very obliging & affectionate Epistle of the 20th Inst. But how great was my Disappointment on Accot of the bad State your obstinate & deeply rooted Disorder has reduc’d you to? I easily conceive how disagreeable it must be to a person of...
Yesterday afternoon an unexpected occurrence brought in part a very extraordinary Scheme of Villainy to Light —The Girl kept by the Quartermasr had some difference with Bonnel a soldier that waited on Hamilton, Bonnel reported that Hamilton in Compy with Jones (late Serjt) went off wt. an intention not to return; upon which I order’d a Court of enquiry & Inclose you a Copy of it’s Proceedings...
We are inform’d that a vagancy has lately happen’d in your Regiment, by the Resignation of Ensign McCarty, and begs leave to Recommend the Bearer Mr Speake, a young Gentn who has ever since he join’d us, made the study of his Profession the principal object of his care and attention; he has with chearfulness undertaken and with the utmost Spirit and alacrity executed, every kind of Duty that...
Tho’ I wrote you yesterday by Capt. Gist’s Clerk, by whom I sent my Roll & Receipts for the Months of May & June yet judge it necessary to write you again by this Express as I have now certain Intelligence of the Enemy’s having got in the Virginia side of the Potomack. About 9 oClock last night one of our Sentrys Fir’d (he affirms at two Indians who was creeping up to view the Entrenchment)...
Yours of the 27th & 28th Inst. I was favour’d with —Since my last the Enemy have been within five Miles of us on the opposite side of the River where they kill’d one Man & Captivated three Children, the day before yesterday Nine Indians were seen on the Main Road they have attempted nothing on this side the River nor has any of our Parties who are constantly out yet had the good Fortune of...