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To George Washington from Thomas Gage, 26 July 1756

From Thomas Gage

Schenectady [N.Y.] July 26 1756

Dear Sir

In my last I inform’d you that our Regt was to march to Fort Wm Henry, but the scheme is alter’d; the 48th is moved that way;1 but we are the latter end of this week to set out for Oswego, whether we are to remain there in order to fortify that post which at present is in a bad condition, or to move against Niagara I cannot give the least guess;2 The Provincials destind for the Crown-point Expedition have absolutely refus’d to act either with Indians or Regulars, and are to share among themselves either the glory or the shame of the event of the expedition; if they fail, ’twill not be for want of Numbers, as they are about 6000 fighting men. Ld Loudon is not yet landed; Col. Web is to go to Oswego with us and to act as Major Genl.3 When we get there, you shall hear from me again; All the Publick news was in my last; the change of our destination occasion’d this short letter; you must not expect that I will sign any lest they should miscarry, or be open’d which is a common practice, I hear among the people of this country, a damn’d Villainous one, I think, for I beleive a man that would make so free with your letters out of your sight, would in your absense make pretty free with your purse. Adieu dear Sir your’s most sincerely and most afectionately.

DLC:GW. Internal evidence indicates that this unsigned letter was from Thomas Gage. It is addressed on the cover: “To Col. Washington at Mount Vernon near Alexandria in Virginia” and “To the Care of Benjn Franklin Esqr. Philada.” The letter itself seems to be not in Gage’s hand whereas a notation on the cover—“we have just heard that Ld Loudon arriv’d last Saturday”—does appear to have been written by Gage.

1The most recent letter from Gage to GW which has been found was that of 10 May 1756, but this was not the letter to which Gage was referring.

2By “we” Gage means the 44th Regiment.

3For similar reports from upstate New York, see Beverley Robinson to GW, 23 July 1756.

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