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To George Washington from James Mackay, 28 September 1754

From James Mackay

Camp Mount Plesant near Wills Creek [Md.]
28 Sepr 1754

Dear Sir

About a fortneight ago I went down to Penselvania and on my Return about Three days ago I Was favourd wt yours Without a date[.] I am Sorry to faind your assambly met to So litle purposs. Govr Morris is arrivd at Philadelphia by this time he Was at New York thess ten days they are in hops of grate matters when there new assambly meets (which is to be Elected the first of Octr) as they are every where endevoring to get out the Quakars.1

I had Several despuits about our Capitulation but I Satisfyd every Person that mentiond that Subject as to the artickle in Questan, that they Were owing to a bad Interpretar and Contrary to the translation made to us when we signd them,2 We are now fortifying our Selves here, and I am affraid no prospect of going farther this Wintar. Capt. Rutherford who Commands one of the New York Compys is Just arrivd from England and cam up with me from Philadelphia, he Expects that Govr Dinwiddie Will have Sum particular Instructions by Govr Dobs which Will enable him to proseed more Vegorusly,3 but I belive all will be two late for this year I have no mor to add for we have at presant pace and Plenty. The Genn With me Joins in our Compliments to you and the officers of your Corps I am Dr Sir your Most Affectionate Humble Servt

James Mackay


1Robert Hunter Morris (c.1700–1764), who was born in New York, served under his father, Lewis Morris, as councilor and chief justice of New Jersey from the late 1730s until 1749, when he went to England. In May 1754 he was appointed by Thomas Penn, proprietor of Pennsylvania, to be resident governor of Pennsylvania and arrived in Philadelphia on 3 Oct. (Pa. Arch., Col. Rec. description begins Colonial Records of Pennsylvania. 16 vols. Harrisburg, 1840–53. description ends , 6:145–46). For the results of the Pennsylvania elections held on 1 Oct., in which Quaker representatives were criticized for their disinclination to vote funds for war, see the Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia), 19 Sept., 3 and 10 Oct. 1754.

3For Arthur Dobbs’s arrival in Williamsburg with various papers from London, see John Ridout to GW, 14 Oct. 1754, n.2.

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