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When the Swallows People came to Town this afternoon, with the Young French Officer their Prisoner, they came strait to my Lodgings, to pay their Compliment; and soon after carried him away to their own, to eat some Victuals, Hunger being uppermost in their Thoughts. In the Evening, before I would put you to the Trouble to attend (as I had determined to examine him then in the presence of...
When the 10 Indians were taken into Custody yesterday was Se’nnight, you may remember I expressed my Desire, that they might be treated in point of Necessaries rather better than before, because it was pretended that two of them were Cherokees—On Saturday Morning being informed, that the Prisoners made great Complaint for want of fresh Meat, and that Some of them had contracted Fluxes by a...
I Yesterday returned to this place with the Cherokees and have the Satisfaction to acquaint you that on the 5th Instant we fell on two Tracks about 35 Miles beyond the three Forks of Yohagany in a small path that led towards this place, we had not followed those Tracks above eight or Ten Miles, before we met 10 Frenchmen returning from a Scout, our foremost Indian discovered them first and sat...
Waited on the Governour this day in Company with Capt. McNeal, on my applying to him to be paid for my Servant Man Samuel Poe, was directed to you I hope Sir you will think it Reasonable to send Me Fifteen pounds Nothing could induce Me to value Him so low only that he is in my Countrys Service & has behav’d so well as to be made a Serjeant his first cost was £30 after he had serv’d two years...
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 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...
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...
No. Mens Names when Inlisted County Age Size Trade Country Description Jno. Sallard } Serjeants Sepr 1755 Richmond 25. 5′ 10″ Joiner Virginia Fair Complextion, Freckled, Hair inclining to red, genteelly made
as I have not bin Troublesom to you with Cilicitations on Acct of my Brothers prefermt make free this Opertunity with Something of that sort. It may appear uncommendable for a Brother offering any thing of the Like In behalf of Another still as he was Very afficious in Recruiting for your Regt (winter was a Year) and Raised fifteen men (the promise of which, was Terms many your Officers...
It is not Agreeable to my Inclinations to be Thus Troublesom as to my Repeated Letters for Leave to be Removed from this Compy and as it is much against my Inclinations the Continuing Hope you will Indulge me in this my Last Request. I have Marchd the Detacht from Fort Dinwiddie to Vases, and Shall be as Afficious as in my power for three Weeks or a month in Carrying on the Work—In which Time...
I Recd yours Janry 1st wherein you was pleased to Signifie that I had not proceeded in a Regular Manner in not Laying in a formal Complaint if I was not well used by my Capt. I am not uncensible Sir—of the Difficulty an Enferiour Officer Encounters, when he Lay’s in a Compt of that Nature against one of his Superiours in Clearly proving Alligations, Especially when such Superiour as by our...
I was favd with yours of the 30th Ulto, & Observe Your directions Abt Your orders for London & may depend they shall be Executed with the Greatest Exactness —Capt. Thompson is here & has Agreed to take half the Tobacco to Yr Namesake, he has Gott the Tobacco that is here & as fast as more Comes it shall be shipd—I am Afraid We Cannot gett You Good Crop Tobacco under 14/ ⅌ Ct but will gett You...
After I had wrote to Capt. Mercer I find the Wagons will not Leave The Town before I finish This In Answer to Yours of the 20th Inst. When I Wrote you & Capt. Mercer I Cou’d give no Guess at the Packages. Nor cou’d I tell What Quantity of Wagons Will doe for the things Under Contract. I beleive Twelve or fourteen Wagons will doe the Other Goods Order’d by Yr Letter of June The 20th Such as...
By Capt. Bell I receiv’d yours and am Greatly oblig’d to you, for your Good Intentions to Serve him, and must beleive that the hopes the Gover. his Given him is due to you. Notwithstanding I hold no Milatary Commn I thought it my Duty to do all I Could to raise the Men due from our County for the presant Service and I judg’d those most proper who would Volantaryly Inlist, I Apply’d to the...
My not answering my Friend’s letters Punctually is not owing to want of Respect or Regard but am Often Prevented by Business, and the Cares of Life, or some other Accidents for which I never fail to Condemn myself and sue for Pardon as I now do to you for not Answering your kind favor from Phila. you Please me my dear Friend in what you say with Regard to the Campain and your being employ’d ....
You shall hear from me at Large Next Post this being Just going of[f.] I can only inclose you the Papers & Pray to tell my Brother I will Write him under Cover to you next week, I arrived here a few days agoe Mrs Robinson & her Dear Little Family are Well miss Polly has had a pain in her Face but is on the mendg hand. I Pray Heaven to Protect you and Assure you that I am my Dear Sir your obedt...
This just serves to inform you that since my last this Country has been in a Continued Allarm and hurry[.] you will see by the inclosed that the French have made themselves masters of Fort Wm Henry[.] the Accot I send you has the greatest appearance of truth, but there is as yet no Certainty what Terms the Fort was surrender’d upon or who of that Garrison are safe[.] I will write you again...
I arrived here from New London a few days agoe and hearing you was at Philadelphia trouble you with this, and Capt. Mercer with the inclosed. I hope and Flater my Self my Lord Loudoun will Concert such Plans as will Effectually Secure our Frontiers and distress the Enemy, and that he will do that for you which you have so justly merrited and let your Command be Equal to your deserts. I am sure...
At a Council held Decemr 9th 1756. The Governor was pleased to communicate to the Board, and to desire their Advice upon, a Letter from Col. Washington dated from Fort Loudoun the 2d of this Instant, signifying his Apprehensions that the Order of Council of the 15th of last month will be productive of many Evils, and inclosing the Returns of their Strength at Winchester, amounting to Eighty...
At a Council held Novemr 15th 1756. Present The Governor John Blair Peter Randolph William Nelson Philip Ludwell Esqrs. Thomas Nelson Mr Commissary Philip Grymes William Byrd Esqr. The Governor was pleased to communicate to the Board a Letter from Colonel Washington dated at Winchester the Ninth of November, with his Observations on the Situation of our Frontiers; and inclosing a Copy of the...
At a Council of War held at Fort Cumberland April 16th 1757. Present Colo. George Washington, President Lt Colo. Adam Stephen Capt. Tho. Waggener Capt. Willm Bronaugh Capt. Joshua Lewis Capt. Chas Lewis Capt. David Bell Capt. Henry Harrison Capt. Lt John McNeill The Colonel laid before the Council a Letter which he had just received from His Honor, Governor Dinwiddie, (dated at Williamsburgh...
22Council of War, 16 June 1757 (Washington Papers)
Virginia At a Council of War held at Fort Loudoun, Thursday, the 16th day of June, at 2 o’clock in the morning, 1757. Colonel George Washington, President Captn Thomas Waggener M e m b e r s Capt. Robt Stewart Capt. McNeill Captain Gist Lieutenant Campbell Lt Buckner Ensign Crawford Ensign Roy Ensign Russell. The Colonel laid before the council a Letter from Capt. Dagworthy, and another which...
I had the honor to receive your letter from Fort Loudoun with one Inclosed to Lord Loudoun who begs that you will excuse his not writing to you by this oppertunity, the hurry of business which he is in at present, having prevented him. his Lordship seems very much pleased with the Accounts you have given him of the situation of our affairs to the South’ard. The good Charecter given of you by...
Yesterday in the Evening Six Indians arrived from Fort Du Quesne who left that Place last Sunday & Brought with them two Scalps which they took within a hundred yards of the Fort, I learn from them that the Fireing of the Cannon & Small Arms which I mentioned in my last was occasioned by a large Scouting Party leaving that Place to come this way, they say the Indians who came in before made a...
Yesterday in the Evening came to this Fort a whiteman & a Negro, the whiteman have Examin’d upon Oath which have Inclosed, and the Negro being separately Examin’d confirms wt the other Says. I am Sir Your most Obt humble Servt ALS , DLC:GW . The deposition of John Street made to Dagworthy as a justice of the peace of Frederick County, Md., was enclosed. Street was taken captive from Fort...
Six Cherokee Indians who just now came from Fort Du Quesne, say that six days ago they saw a large body of troops march from that garrison, with a number of waggons & a train of artillery, & by their route, must intend an attack on this garrison. I am, Sir, Yr most humble servt Sprague transcript , DLC:GW . For further details of the report of a French invasion, see James Livingston to GW, 14...
I recd Yours of the 2d last Night & must refer You to mine of the 5th which I sent You by Express, & doubt not You will receive at Fort Loudoun; The pressing Letter from Govr Littleton makes it absolutely necessary to send 200 of our Regimt to his Assistance; & I must therefore repeat my Orders for their march to Fredericksburg, & I hope they will be there by the 20th of this Month & I am...
Yours of the 19th by Jenkins I recd last Night—& do observe You have ordered the Garisons on the Branch to Percealls, to escort the Flour to Fort Cumberland. The Provisions lying in Bulk at the different Forts, if possible shou’d be Smoked, which wou’d be a great Saving to the Country & I hope You have order’d it so. As we have had great Rains lately I hope a sufficient quantity of Flour may...
I recd Yr Letter of the 30th Ulto ⅌ Ct. Gist—I am sorry the Indians are so refractory, which I conceive is entirely owing to Capt. Mercer’s promising them Presents, which he had no Power or Authority to do—Those Indians had a sufficient Supply at Bedford Court House agreeable to the Treaty; but their Avarice is such that if they had all their Expectations, they wou’d demand more, & it is a...
Yr Letter by Express, I received last Night, & I am sorry for the Intelligence it brings of such a No. of French & Indians marching from Fort Du Quesne, and it’s more than probable their Design is agst Fort Cumberland, and am sorry that Garrison is in so poor a Condition for Defence, & I really fear it is in the Enemys Hands before this can reach You. If so they probably will proceed to fort...