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To the Kings most Excellent Majesty The Memorial of George Washington, Adam Stephen, and Andrew Lewis Esquires in behalf of themselves and the rest of the surviving Officers and Soldiers who enlisted in the Service of your Majesties late royal Grandfather (of blessed memory) for the Defence and Security of your Majesties Colony and Dominion of Virginia. Most humbly Sheweth That the French and...
Nothing Remarkable has occurred in this neighbourhood since You left us. I think we omitted, My lord, at the beginning of Our Address, you will Please to Observe before you Send it off, and likewise Write to the governor and Some of the Council to charge Mr Ludwel to support & inforce it. I heard once from the Branch Since, but expect you have all the reports from that Quarter before this...
I had just finish’d my Letter of this date when Capt. Stewart deliver’d me Yours of the 18th Inst. The Men I am in great hopes will answer Your Expectations They Shoot extreamly well, but are much harass’d at present with the Cattle—I make the Butchers, Cutters, Salters, & Coopers wait on McLean for Orders every morning—and a Return is made to me every night of what work is done. To keep...
Inclosd is a Return of the Strength of the Six Companies at this Place. I wish you would order by the first Opportunity Breech-Clouts for the men; Send the Paymaster and the Store Accounts, in order the Officers of Companies might have time to Settle those matters before the Genl Arrives, when Some of us will be Orderd to pass the mountains, & perhaps have no Opportunity of Joining again,...
I wrote yesterday, intended by Capt. Bosomworth but was out when he sett off. Nothing new Since, only two men have deserted Viz. John Clandinnon a damnable tall fellow & Adam Clandinnon his brother inlisted lately by Lt Charles Smith—I have sent Advertisements through pennsylvania, & have trusted to the Officers of their Companies to send you by this Opportunity. I have thirteen of Capt....
I forgot to acquaint you, that The Governor, when I was at Williamsburgh, desird if possible, to procure Some Indians of Repute among their Tribes, to carry a message amongst the Confederate Nations of the Twightwees, To Sound their Intentions, know their Affection to the English, and how far they are attached to the French. I wrote him afterwards that Captain Trent had promis’d to procure...
Inclosd you have the montly Return—George Hedgeman resigned last month. Captain Gist is the only Officer who, as [I] hear, has had good Success in recruiting—I have sent him, at his Earnest Request, £100 to pay off Some Expences on the Recruits left in Maryland. The Sickness continues among the men, and I have a thought of fiting up the New Store for an hospital, but wants your Orders how to...
There is nothing new here—By last accounts the General was indisposd & had not left Carlisle, on Sunday. By all reports, there has been a great miscarriage at an Enemy’s post calld the Saw-Mill within two miles of Ticonderogo—We have no distinct account of the affair, nor is it known here, who Commanded the Attack; It is imagind that the Advanced Party, or rather First Division, made too great...
I suppose Majr Lewis informed You that the Valley at the mouth of Pattersons Creek did not extend above 800 yards from hill to hill. I went up to Ashby’s and Saw Mr Boyd pay the men—He sold us some Liquor for our Detachmt as the weather was Cold, and we found that three months pay was due to some of his Men whilst others were paid off to the 4th inst. I really do not like the mouth of the...
The Commissary has arrived, and I suppose You will learn a State of his Affairs by his Letter. I was as Active as I could be, in hurrying up Salt. I would have been at Fort-Cumberland two days ago, but have been employd in the disagreeable Service of Apprehending Deserters—Four, out of a gang of 20 Banditti, all with Arms and ammunition, are apprehended, We are in hot pursuit of the rest,...
I have had an opportunity of knowing Mr Kenndy perfectly well, and always found him diligent and carefull—by which means I am of opinion there was not one Single ounce of provisions lost through his neglect whilst he resided at Fort Cumberland. ALS , DLC:GW . GW has docketed this: “Recommendation of Sergt Davd Kennedy.” For the dating of this, see George Mercer et al. to GW, c.April 1757 ....
I am this moment arrived, and find your orders to march, which shall be Complyd with; tho’ The President gave directions for refreshing the men and Paying them off here —As soon as the men are on their March I will come on, and hope the pleasure of Seeing you thursday night; in the mean time; I am with Respect, Sir, your most Obt Hube Sert ALS , DLC:GW . Lt. Col. Adam Stephen and Capt. George...
Letter not found: from Adam Stephen, 17 Aug. 1756. On 6 Sept. 1756 GW wrote to Stephen: “Yours of the 17th . . . August I received.”
Last night the Detachmt marchd with only Eight waggons at last; There is no more Salt here, of which I have acquainted Mr Dick, and desir’d him to forward the Quantity necessary, while the weather favourd us So much. The Cattle from Carolina fall away much, and unless They are Slaughterd soon, they will not be worth while—I have procurd Several Cooper’s Tools here, and mentiond what we want to...
It gives me great Concern to acquaint you that Liut. Lawson & two men of your Regiment are down in the Small pox—It first discoverd it self yesterday, when I immediatly Set about Building an Hospital at a distance from Camp to receve the Infected—and reconnoitred ground for a New Camp for the Virginians, which is to be mov’d to day 2 miles S.E. of this Place—All the men taken with the disease...
Sunday about 9 O’Clock two Indians took a fuzee from a Boy within musket Shot of the Sentry in the Bottom as you pass Will’s Creek —They took hold of him and asked him to go along—why they did not kill him I cannot Say, but upon his refusing they gave him a Couple of Blows with their Fist—And upon his retiring a little, they Shot two Arrows into him, the wounds are but slight—He Roard out...
I have the pleasure to inform you that the two Companies of your Regiment under my Command are well—They are well disciplin’d and have this advantage of all other troops in America that they know the parade as well as prussians, and the fighting in a Close Country as well as Tartars. We are all peace & Quietness on this Quarter, But notwithstanding Some of your Officers have not escap’d being...
Letter not found: from Adam Stephen, 23 Aug. 1756. On 6 Sept. 1756 GW wrote to Stephen : “Yours of the . . . 23d August I received.”
We arrived at this place on the 24th with 500 of the Pennsylvanians. Col. Bouquet designs a place of Some Strength hereabouts—From Shippensburg to Fort Loudon 22 miles[;] from that to F. Littleton extreamly bad Road hilly & Stony 20 miles[;] From that to Juniata where there is built a Small Stocado 18 miles[;] From that post to Raystown Camp 14 miles[.] The road from Loudon to Juniata worse by...
It is with the greatest Chearfulness that I comply with your Desire in letting the Soldiers enjoy your Gratuity mention’d to Capt. Perouny: Believe me, Sir, we well always Set a high value upon every Mark of your Esteem, and for my own part it gives me the Greatest uneasiness to have Reason to believe that I do not Enjoy the same Share of your Confidence and friendship that I once was happy...
I reced yours of the twelveth—I am sorry that I did not receive yours from Quantico dated March 25th untill my Boy Came Up —I would have turned the Table directly, to the great Confusion of a cringing Tatling Set, whom I cannot easily forgive. However I gave up nothing; I had my own guard, my Own report, I orderd Out all detachmt and gave them all their Instructions. The Old Gentleman meddles...
I received yours of the 28th by Jenkins and will do myself the honor to wait on you as soon as the accounts you order are made out, which will be without delay. I will likewise sound C. D. on the topics you mention and am with great respect Yr most obedt Sprague transcript , DLC:GW . It was Capt. John Dagworthy who was to be sounded out.
There is no remarkable Occurrence on this Quarter since my last, only the Murder of Ensign Gordon for the particulars of which, I refer you to Capt. Stewart. I regret him much, as he was a diligent Officer, Staunch, and firmly attach’d to the Virginia Interest, and had a particular Regard for You. I have learn’d that you have been a long Journey, purely to pay your Compliments, and hear Some...
The inclos’d is a Rough, but Exact Copy of Mr Boyd’s Accounts. The First Contains the Disbursements from The 1st of Septr to The 1st of January. The Other The disbursemts for January & February and Arrears. The Balance in Mr Boyd’s hands is £311.5.3½ which I shall desire him to Apply to the Paymt of the Officers for Janr. & Febry—not forgetting to Settle their Recruiting Accts which Balances...
Please to send up the mens Cloaths & Bayonets; The Season approaches which requires the Use of Both. Your men in the Detachment have been greatly harassed Since the first of June; on which we Left Winchester by Sr John St Clairs Orders—Without any from Genl Forbes or Col. Bouquet, nay Contrary to their intention as the Latter informed me; We are all obliged to the Qr Mr Genl for that, as...
Letter not found: from Adam Stephen, 4 April 1756. In JHB, 1752–1755, 1756–1758 H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia . 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. , 366, is the following entry: “The Governor has commanded me to lay before your House, a Letter from Colonel Washington dated at Winchester the 7th Instant, inclosing a letter to him from...
In obedience to your Commands I reconnoitred to Ross’s mill on the South-Branch—from that to Fort Lewis, and found it may be made very easily a good Waggon Road. Waggons have been carried that way already. only four miles which may be Cut by a Single Company in a day. I also reconnoitred the ground on Pattieson’s Ck and found a ⟨ mutilated ⟩ Convenient place for a fortress, about a mile and a...
Col. Bouquet was at first in a great dillemma betwixt his great inclination to serve you, & the Attachment he has to regularity, duty & discipline. He is sensible the Enemy we deal with is Active and Enterprizing, & thinks himself answerable for What happens in your absence: But as he is really a good man, & willing to Oblige; His Inclination to Serve you gaind the Superiority, and He has such...
I congratulate You on Your Arrival at Fort Cumberland; It would have saved Us a deal of trouble to have taken the Same Route. From 800, which is about our Number here, besides Capt. Field’s Company There is about 200 on Guard & 150 at the different Works every day. The Engineers have made Choice of a piece of Ground very much resembling that on which F. Cumberland Stands, only not So strong. A...
It appears to me that the Works unanimously agreed to here in Consequence of the Assemblys Resolution cannot be Carried on untill more of the Draughts come up; The present disposion will never answer. Mr Milner cannot afford an Escort to Capt. McKenzie, He divided, cannot furnish one as far as Ensign Thompson’s. At Sellars plantation are XVIII f. f. D. I have wrote to Capt. Waggener to send...