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To George Washington from Abraham Bosomworth, 24 July 1758

From Abraham Bosomworth

Camp at Rays Town 24th July 1758

Dear Sir

I recd your favor & am sorry to tell you that we have been repulsed at Fort Carillon, we lost 1000 men & the brave Lord How fell the first fire they all landed at the bottom of the Lake without opposition the French Indians run away the first Fire, Major Rutherford & Captn Rutherford are in the list of the Slain,1 The Remains of Lord How are brought to Albany; we have2 taken a French Frigate coming out of Louisbourg with the Governor’s Lady & all the Treasure of the place there is not the least reason to doubt of its being in our Possession3—The Delaware Indians have sued for a Peace Old King Teedyuscanng has taken up the Hatchett against the French I wish this may not be a Stroke of French Policy, they Promise to join us from the Ohio and have settled Signals for that Purpose I shall have some dependance upon them when they bring in their Women and Children They are to release 300 English Captives, the Genl sleeps at Fort Lyttleton this night & will be at this Camp on Wednesday for certain. I am Dr Sir Your most Obedt Hble Servt

A. Bosomworth

Your Canteens are upon the road.


1For an account of the fighting at Fort Ticonderoga on 8 July, see Joseph Chew to GW, 17 July. Maj. John Rutherfurd of the Royal Americans was killed, but no Captain Rutherford is listed among the casualties. Perhaps Bosomworth intended to write another name when he repeated Rutherford.

2Bosomworth wrote “haven.”

3Augustin de Boschenry de Drucour (c.1703–1762), governor of Louisburg, was married to Marie Anne Aubert de Courserac (d. 1762). Madame de Drucour was not captured by the British but instead appeared on the embattled ramparts at Louisburg every day to encourage the French defenders by personally firing three cannonballs.

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