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I send you here Inclosed an Advertisement such as contains fewer Lines then the other you saw & answers my purpose equally as well. I am not naturaly Inclined to expose the Foibles of mankind because many of them happen in the course of my own Actions, but in this case I am too sensibly touched to content myself without giving to my Acquaintances a circumstantial acct of the whole affair,...
I should be guilty of the blackest Ingratitude did I not duly acknowledge the many Civilities I rec’d from you when in Winchester where I would often visit you far as it is were not my Presence at this Season of the year absolutely necessary on my Plantan. With great Reluctance I have heard that many of our Militia have deserted I shall pursue every necessary Step to have them apprehended &...
Yrs of the 10th I rec’d & have by the Bearer sent yr Mare which I make not the least Doubt of being in Foal & you are kindly welcome to send a couple of Mares yearly to my Horses. When we come to recounting Favours I find my self so largely yr Debtor that I shall allways insist on yr commanding with Freedom any & every Thing wherin I can be Serviceable. Sorry I am for the unhappy Fall of one...
The 23d of this Month I must Attend at our Court, therefore it will not be in my power to meet at Fredericksburgh. But whatever is Concluded on by you and the other Gentn that may be there, I will on Acct of the Heirs of James Towers, be agreeable to And what Money may be wanting for there part towards defraying any Expence I will Advance for them, when I see you to know how much it is. I am...
the enclosed Letters Came from Collo. Stanwix about 11 oClock this Night, and I have Immediatly Dispatched them to you, as the Collo. writes in a Very Importunate manner for intilligence, I Shall Send a Strong party out to Fort Cumberland to morrow, tho. we want Indians Very much for Such Service, and if a few Could be Spared this way, I Apprehend it would be Very much for the Bennefit of the...
Letter not found: from Joshua Beall, 25 Oct. 1757. On 1 Nov. 1757 GW wrote to Beall : “Your favour of the 25th ultimo was delivered me today.”
Letter not found: from David Bell, 15 Aug. 1756. On 6 Sept. 1756 GW wrote to Bell: “I received yours of the 15th August.”
Letter not found: from David Bell, 25 Aug. 1756. On 6 Sept. 1756 GW wrote to Bell : “I received yours of the 25th.”
according to your Command ⟨I have⟩ sent you as near as I am able ⟨ mutilated ⟩ accot of the nigros and stocks ⟨ mutilated ⟩ Rest of the ⟨Estate⟩ of Colo. Custis on ⟨this⟩ shore Except ⟨in⟩ ⟨S⟩mith’s Island which I omited on accot of ⟨its⟩ being Rented out but if meteral may be seen by a leas that Mr Vollentine has in his pirsession⟨,⟩ heare is som corn which is sold tho. not delivered yet and...
Having an oppty from here of a Young Gentleman going to Dumfries, I have just step’d aside to write you this. I wrote you some time agoe which was intended up by my Son, but he was taken on the road with the Measles, which prevented him and sent the Letter by a Chance oppty to you, and as I am doubtfull it may have miscarried, I shall here give you the heads. How soon your Letter came to me...
Being somewhat unwilling to run the Risque of Captain Parker’s offer, which perhaps might be the Case, Shoud his Messenger have return’d without a determined Answer, I therefore sent yesterday over to the Boat Man who had a few Oats to deliver at Urbanna, That if he wou’d wait till wednesday morning, I wou’d pay him 20/ which he having Consented to, I have now sent my Son over with this other...
I Have in Listed twenty two men & thare is Eight or teen more that Has Promised if Can Gitt the money to Give them for thay will Nott take orders for aney Part the officers of the New Rigiment Has Made a Pactiss of Giving the full Bounty So that thay are Nott to be Gott with out[.] Pray send me some Money Down for I Have Borrowed upwards of a Hundred Pound in town & Promised to Return it...
Your two Letters of 30th & 31st Ult. were brought to me by yor Express, on Friday afternoon; by whom, being desirous to consult, I sent them to Mr Nelson immediatly, (his horse & he being well able, he said, to go on) but he & Mr Secretary happening to be out of Town, I did not get them back till this afternoon, with their Advice. As to your Several Reasons for leave to come hither we think...
Letter not found: from John Blair, 19 April 1758. On 24 April GW wrote to Blair : “Your letter of the 19th instant . . . was delivered me to-day.”
Letter not found: from John Blair, 8 Mar. 1758. On 10 Mar. 1758 Blair wrote to GW : “I send you Letter of the 8. Instt.”
Letter not found: from John Blair, 2 May 1758. On 4–10 May GW wrote to Blair : “After due deliberation on your Honors letter of the 2d.”
Friday afternoon I received yours of the Second Instant, with a Letter from Governor Denny and the Speech of the Indian King, as also Captain Bullets Letters, and the Proceedings of Officers Held at Fort Loudoun, which I laid before the Council next Morning, who concur in the opinion of the Officers above for the Reason by them given, and for the certain Intelligence that has Lately been...
We had a council here yesterday in which was considered a letter from Col. Clement Read of Lunenburg, advising his intelligence from an Indian Harbinger, that a large body of Indians to the number of 7 or 800, were on their march 5 days behind him to our assistance, and would take his house in their way to Fort Loudoun, notwithstanding the directions given by Col. Atkins for another route...
I have just received a Letter from the Honble Wm Nelson Esqr. in favour of Lieut. Baker, now here with yor permission. His Friends have prompted him to think of filling the Vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Capt. Joshua Lewis, and have strongly solicited Mr Nelson to intercede with me for that promotion, in consideration of his bold & gallant behavior in his Excursion towards Fort...
I have yours now by Mr Jenkins of the 10th with the advice of your Council of Officers, on the Straits you are reduced to in recruiting, for want of Money. I have called a full Council to meet on Friday next; which considering their distance, could not be sooner, and shall lay it fully before them; and you may depend on all in my Power to serve you in it. I write this now by Majr Finnie to let...
The Bearer James Holloway is a Soldier in your Regiment sent from York County & under Capt. Lewis at Patterson’s Fort, but being very infirm got a Furlow from his Captain for 3 Months, wch was continued by the Governor for 2 more. I thought of discharging him, but waited in hopes of seeing you to do it. He says he has received but 2 months pay, if so there is 6. mos. pay due to him & better....
The distresses in Bedford and Halifax had occasioned my Calling a full Council to meet on the 19th Instt which obliged Col: Maury to a long attendance here, in which time Jenkins brot me yours of May 10th with the Opinion of your Council of Officers on your Necessity of imploying the £400—sent you for Contingencies in the recruiting Service; and the utter insufficiency of that, to discharge...
Col. Tayloe, Col. Lee & Col. Geo. Mason have strongly recommend to me Mr French Mason, the Bearer, for an Ensigns Commission in your Regiment, which the late Promotions they hope will make room for, after your Volunteers. They assure me he is a young fellow of Integrity & Spirit, & has a small Fortune that might well support him in no despicable way; so it is not necessity, but a Zeal for his...
I had the pleasure of receiving your Letter by Mr Gist: and I assure you, I should look upon it as a singular Felicity, if I could contribute towards perfecting any Scheme, for the advantage of my Country: my Endeavours, so far as my Influence will reach, shall never be wanting. I had the mortification to find the Majority of our House, against the most vigorous measures, for effectually...
We Depute Colo. George Washington to sign our Names to any of the Proceedings of this Congress. LS , in the hand of Benjamin Harrison, DLC:GW . In PHi : Dreer Collection, there is a document in GW’s hand listing the Virginia delegates to the First Continental Congress with the number of votes each received in the August convention: “Peyton Randolph Esqr. 104[,] Richd Henry Lee 100[,] Geo....
As neither Mrs Savage nor I have had the honor of hearing from you since your Letter of the 20th of Sepr Seventy two, we begin to apprehend her affairs are not in that prosperous situation we had reason to hope from your favors of that date, from this reflection, and from Mrs Savages anxiety on account of her Circumstances being on so precarious a foundation, Life is almost a burthen to heavy...
I had the favor of yours of the 22d of Decr—73 which came to hand the 10th of Febry—74, your polite attention to me, and the elegant manner you acknowledge the rect of my Letters require more expressions of Gratitude than I am Mistress of, I feel my situation, and trust in God ere long your behaviour on this occasion will be rewarded in some publick manner, to induce others to follow your...
I received your Canteens by the Waggons which brought up the Artillery & delivered them immediately to the Care of Capt. Stewart who informs me he forwarded them by Lt Campbell the day they arrived , I wish you could have had them sooner, they cost £3.19.0 at Philada & 18/ for their Carriage to Carlisle the Ballance due you shall repay when I have the pleasure of seeing you again I’m afraid...
I Desire you’ll be so good as forward the enclosed to Captn Gist that he may not be imposed upon by a Scalp which Captn Johnny pretends to have taken with his Catawbas. Colo. Bouquet is well convinced of the Deceit & desires you will take Care Gist’s letter getts to Winchester before Johnny can, The Circumstances are so strong against him that they admit of no manner of doubt, therefore think...
I have the pleasure to acquaint you that Yesterday a Runner arrived here from one of the Parties of Indians which I had sent out to Fort du Quesne & brought the agreeable News of their having killed & Scalped one Frenchman & mortally wounding two others near the Fort, they only saw a few Indians but that a great Number of Frenchmen were at work in some Trenches at a small distance from the...
I take this opportunity of acquainting you that I have sent off this morning 24 Pickt Warriors to Fort Du Quesne, with Orders to take a Prisoner if possible, and make what Discoveries they can about the Fort; I make no doubt from the good Opinion I have of them, but on their Return we shall receive some Intelligence of the Strength and Motions of the Enemy. Colo. Bouquet has thought proper to...
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, The Remains of Lord How are brought to Albany; we have taken a French Frigate...
I have scarce been able (from a Sprain in my Wrist) to hold a Pen for this sometime past, or Would have done myself the pleasure of writing oftener, the Current News I made shift to scrawl to Colo. Byrd once or twice which I desired him to acquaint you with. Colo. Burd of the 2nd Battn Pennsylvs. Major Grant with a Detachment of 300 Highlandrs and all the Royal Americans march this day to take...
I recd your favor of the 6th and Communicated the Contents to Colonel Bouquet; I acquainted you in my last of a Party of 24 Indians being gone off to Fort Du Quesne, when they come near the Place they will divide into two or three small Parties by which means we shall have the greater Chance of getting a Prisoner, I expect them back in 14 days when I hope to send you good news; I really...
Altho’ I have already return’d an Ansr to yr obliging Letter of the 30th ult: by a Servt of The Revd Mr Addison’s who went from hence a Day or two ago, yet as You seem’d desirous to hear from Me as soon as possible, & as Collo. Lewis now informs Me that He can furnish Me wth an Oppty directly to your House, I am desirous to convince You, that I have not been inattentive to the Matter of yr...
I much wish’d to have accompany’d Jack, but cannot: & what is worse, We part on an Uncertainty, which may be disagreeable. I have some Thoughts of setting off for St Mary’s this Week; & if I do get away, I can hardly expect to return again till I remove finally, which cannot well be sooner than the latter End of next Month. So that, if I do not come by Mount Vernon, Jack needs not come hither,...
I am sorry to have thrown any additional Difficulties in your Way, respecting the Affair of Mr Custis’s Tour. At the Time I wrote, Difficulties seem’d to be starting up before me, which I fear’d could not otherwise be remov’d than by dropping all Thoughts of leaving Maryland. I wishd, from many Motives, to accompany Mr Custis: it was, however, as You will readily allow Me to declare, but the...
There are some particular Circumstances in my Affairs, at this Juncture, which make Me desirous to know your & Mrs Washington’s final Resolution respecting Mr Custis’s Visit to Europe. Should You think it adviseable for Him to go, & I be thought a proper person to accompany Him, I still am willing to do it, & on Terms which, I can hardly think, You will judge unreasonable. I mean not to take...
I have been much concern’d that it has not been in my Power to spend a few Days at Mount Vernon, as I hop’d I should. A very painful Disorder I labour’d under when Mastr Custis left Me, confin’d Me to my Bed a Fortnight, and now it is too late to set out, when I expect all my little Flock to return immediately, as Some of Them already are. You will please therefore to let Mastr Custis know,...
In Consequence of your Lr, Mastr Custis now waits on You; & as this is a pretty busy Time with Us in School, I shall be glad He may set off back again at the same Time You do for the Springs. Enclosed You have his Acct for the last Year, which as You were so obliging as to offer Me when I was at Mount Vernon, I will beg the Favr of You now to send by Jack. I hope it will not appear too high to...
So hurried as You know Me to be at present, I flatter myself You will not even now expect more of Me than the Outlines of a Plan of Travelling: the filling it up may be the Work of further Leisure, & maturer Consideration. And, as I have Nothing to lay before You, but mere Conjectures & Opinions, unsupported by any Experience of my own, let Me again have Leave to remind You not to pay any...
I have just Time to put a Cover over The Enclosed, & to add to the Informa[tio]n I suppose Mastr Custis himself has given You, that He has enjoy’d perfect Health ever since You left Him, exceptg two or three Days that He complain’d of a Pain in his Stomach, which I at first took for the Cholic, but since think it more likely that it might be owing to Worms. As it easily went off, by two or...
I send Joe over on purpose to let you know that The Govr & Mrs Eden will not wait on you this Trip: Some unforeseen occasions call them again to Annaps sooner than They expected; they therefore desir’d Me to beg your Excusing Them at this Time. They still talk, if it be practicable, that they will visit you before Mrs Eden leaves the Country; but, of This shou’d I chance to get notice, as I...
I persuade myself, You & Mrs Washington, as well as the hospitable & good Family You are in, will readily excuse my not waiting on You, when I assure You that Nothing shou’d have prevented me, but my being in a Situation, which renders me totally unable. It is but the third Time, I ever had the Tooth Ache: & no Ideas I had form’d how painful so slight a Cause cou’d be, were adequate to what I...
I do very cordially sympathize with M⟨rs⟩ Washington in the uneasiness I can easily suppose She must necessarily be ⟨un⟩der during this State of Suspence. Her Son was, last Monday Ev’ning, inno⟨cu⟩lated in Baltimore: and tho’ there really be in his Favour Every Thing ⟨th⟩at could be wish’d for, yet, I know She will be anxious & impatient till it be over. All I can do to ensure Success She may...
I do not recollect that Mastr Custis has had any Return of the Pain in his Stomach, which I told You I suspected to be occasioned by Worms: but as it is but too probable that He may have a little of the Ague & Fever in This or the next Month, this Complaint it is not unlikely, may return; and if it does, in any considerable Degree, Dr Mercer shall be consulted. Mastr Custis is a Boy of so...
I now take the Liberty of enclosing to You Mr Custis’s Account for the Year & half that He has spent in Maryland. Undoubtedly, it makes a formidable Appearance, and, at first View, may go nigh to Scare You: I cannot, however, believe, that, when You come to descend to Particulars, You will think it very extravagant, unless it be in the Article of Clothes, which He got by your Permission. I...
I feel much Heart-felt Satisfaction in having it in my Power to inform You that Mr Custis is now out of all Danger of the Small-Pox, in Dr Stephenson’s own Phrase, He cannot now die if He would. I have been with Him all this Week, & shou’d not yet have left Him, but that I knew You wou’d wish & expect an Acc’t—& I cou’d only give one, by coming down hither, to catch the Post that sets out this...
I thank You much for your Intimations respecting Master Custis. Were all Those who have the Care & Direction of Children as attentive to their real Interests, We shou’d not have so many Complaints of Children spoil’d by Parental Indulgence. It is not without much Concern I own to You, that your Sentimts of this young Gentleman have, for some Time, been my own. I have observ’d his growing...
I am much concern’d for Mastr Custis’s Indisposition, wc. yet I foresaw, & shd have told You so, as I did Him, had I not been unwell at the Time He left us. He is fond of Fruit, & wt is worse for Him, He is fond of Cucumbers; & to These, I doubt not, in a grt Measure, He owes his bilious Complaints. A better Air, & stricter Attention, I trust, will soon restore Him to his former Health. I did...