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In mine from Hallifax I promised your Honour a particular detail of my remarks and observations, upon the situation of our Frontiers, when I arrived at this place. Altho’ I was pretty explicit in my former, I can not avoid recapitulating part of the subject now : as my duty, and its importance for redress, are strong motives. From Fort-Trial, on Smith’s river, I returned to Fort-William, on...
A Plan of the number of Forts, and strength necessary to each, extending entirely across our Frontiers, from South to north. Names of the forts, or persons Commandg in ’em. On what waters placed Distance from each other in miles No. of men Garrisoning each Capt. Harris Mayo 20 Galloway Smith’s-river 15 miles 20 Terry
I am just returned from a tedious and troublesome tour around our frontiers which has afforded me many unpleasing views of the melancholy condition of our countrymen: arising chiefly from the indolence and irregularity of the militia, posted in different places for their protection. I have always made it a principle of duty to promote the interest and Service of my Country by every endeavour,...
On the 5th or 6th of October, We met with a papr in the Virginia Gazette intitled the Centinel N : 10, wherein some person or persons have undertaken to callumniate Us in the most vile & scandalous Manner, on which We address’d ourselves to Lieutt Collo. Stephen (a Copy of which Address You have herewith) desiring him to apply to the Governr for Redress, but as his Honour has not thot propper...
The Coppy of The Officers (of the Virginia Regimt) Letter. To Lieut. Collo. Adam Stephen Commandr at Fort Cumberland dated October the 6 1756. Sir. To our no small Astonishment We (last night) perus’d a Paper in the Virga Gazette intitled the Centinel No: X. The Contents of Which are so Scandalous and altogether so Unjust, that We think it a Duty incumbent on Us, Who have the least Regard for...
6Orders, 13–14 November 1756 (Washington Papers)
The Soldiers to parade to-morrow at 11 o’clock, to hear prayers: and this to be a standing order for the future. The Officers are no longer to take their tour of Duty in overlooking the workmen—Ensign Smith is appointed for that purpose, and to be exempt from all other duty. No orders upon the Commissary, Quarter-master or any other person or persons for necessaries for the work or work-men to...
Letter not found: to Peter Hog, 15 Nov. 1756. On 8 Dec. 1756 Hog wrote to GW: “I am favoured with yours of the 15th.”
Yr Letter of the 9th I recd with a Report of Yr Journey along our Frontiers—The abuses mention’d in Yrs I have been made acquainted with from several Hands, but I expected You wou’d have been more particular in regard to the Officers neglecting their Duty, & the different Forts not being properly garrison’d with Men, nay witht their Officers: this vauge Report makes it impossible for me to...
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...
I reced your Favours by the Express and am extremely sorry to find you are made so uneasy in your Duty; while you are venturing your Life and fortune for the good of your Country, to be aspersed and censured by a vile and Ignorant Scribler, I must confess is sufficient to raise the indignation of every Gent. of Spirit, and no Man can blame you for Shewing a proper Resentment at it, but my Dear...
At this place, on my way to Williamsburgh, I received your Honor’s letter of the 18th instant: and shall take care to pay the strictest obedience to your orders and the opinion so far as I can. The Detachment ordered from Winchester, exceeds, I believe, the number of enlisted we have there; and the Drafts, which made our strength at that place to consist of about 160 men, will leave us in 7...
12Orders, 29–30 November 1756 (Washington Papers)
A Return to be given in immediately of the number of men in this town, distinguishing the Drafts from the enlisted Soldiers; and mentioning the strength of the two companies. LB , DLC:GW . GW had recently returned to Winchester from Alexandria. For the count of soldiers, see GW to Dinwiddie, 2 December . For a listing of the draftees discharged, see Memorandum, 4 Dec. 1756 .
Letter not found: to John Carlyle, 30 Nov. 1756. On 2 Dec. 1756 Carlyle wrote to GW : “I was favd with yours of the 30th Ulto.”
14Orders, 1–2 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
LB , DLC:GW .
When I wrote your Honor from Alexandria, I expected to have been at or near Fort Cumberland by this; but upon coming here, and expecting waggons & provisions in readiness to go up with this escort, I received the enclosed from the commissary—which I send to evince that no delays or protracting of orders proceeds from me. The returns of our Strength, which I called in so soon as I arrived, is...
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...
17Orders, 3–4 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
All the Officers in town except the Adjutant and Ensign Smith with 25 men, to provide themselves with Horses immediately, and pursue the 18 men that deserted last night. LB , DLC:GW . See GW to Dinwiddie, 4 Dec. 1756 .
Since writing to your Honor yesterday, a very base and villainous scheme has been discovered; which has been I believe, the sole cause of 18 Soldiers deserting from us last night. The Gentleman concerned is our (late Ensign) Denis McCarty; of whose Character and practises, the enclosed Depositions will afford your Honor a specimen: and with whom all ties of honor and morality are of no force....
19Memorandum, 4 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
List of Drafts discharged from the Virginia Regiment; having served to the 1st December, according to Act of Assembly. County Soldiers names County Soldiers names Prince-George County Henry Lewis Middlesex Oliver Wallace Alley Hinton Edward Waldin Christo[phe]r Hinton John Callaham Danl Ryan Wm Dare Jno. Walker Isle of White Joseph Williams Franc. Eppes
20Orders, 5–7 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
LB , DLC:GW .
Yours by Mr Jones, was delivered to me this Evening—I know of no better expedient to relieve your distress than directing you to send the valuation of the Servants to the Governor representing the case at the same time as it really stands. I wrote you before in what manner I was instructed to proceed; and can not swerve from my orders, and advance you money, without positive direction. His...
22Memorandum, 7 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
Memorandum—Wrote to Capt. Hogg per Mr Jones ordering him to meet the Commissary & Paymaster with all his papers, &c. at Staunton the 27th instant, in order to make a distinct and definitive Settlement of every thing preceding that day. LB , DLC:GW . Neither GW’s letter to Peter Hog nor Hog’s response (1 Jan. 1757) has been found , but see GW to Hog, 26 Jan. 1757, n.2 .
23Orders, 8 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
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I am informed you have enlisted one Patrick Murphy a Deserter from my Regiment who was confined in the Goal at York, tho’ you had previous knowledge of his being so. You must be sensible such proceedings are repugnant to the public interest, and contrary to established articles of war; to say nothing of the ill effects that follow precedents of this nature. The suspicion of a Soldiers...
I am favoured with yours of the 15th Accompanying the £500 with which I have paid off the Company to the Last of Octr as also the Wages of the party working on the fort the rest has been Expended in paying the provisions Bought at fort Dinwiddie. But as Lieut. Bullet has Laid in a Large qty of Beeff, there Is yet a great deficiency of Cash to pay off the Whole. I imagined you would Left...
Letter not found: to Robert Dinwiddie, 9 December 1756. On 15 Dec. 1756 Dinwiddie wrote to GW : “Yours of the 9th I have recd.”
27Orders, 9–10 December 1756 (Washington Papers)
A Sergeant, and ten men who can be best spared from the works to parade immediately, and march to Joseph Edwards’s to strengthen the party there, and escort the Cattle as far as Pearsalls, and to return here again immediately —This party to draw four days provision. All the men to parade to-morrow morning at beating the prisoners march, with their arms & ammunition; and march to the Fort there...
Capt. Mercer returned the 7th with sixteen of the Deserters; the other two escaped his diligence. They confirm the suspicion of Mr McCarty’s villany, by confessing, he had inveigled them with promises of protection, rewards, and good usage! and a deep-laid plan was concerted for accomplishing his base designs, binding each individual with an oath to follow him; to stand true to each other in...
Your Letter of the 2d by Jenkins I recd two Days ago, & observe its Contents, the Return of Your Strength at Fort Loudoun supriz’d me, when I consider’d that Capt. Mercer declared to the two Mr Nelsons & the Speaker, that You had there 160 enlisted Men, which with the fifty Servants recruited after, I thought You might have march’d 100 Men from thence for reinforcing Fort Cumberland, & left a...
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...