George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 5 March 1771]

5. At Winchester all day. Dined with Lord Fairfax.

Although scheduled for 4 Mar., the officers’ meeting was actually held today. Besides GW and Dr. James Craik, only four officers or their representatives were present. After hearing GW’s report and learning that William Crawford had begun to survey along the Great Kanawha River, they unanimously agreed that he should be instructed to finish his work there and then proceed as soon as possible to survey lands on the Tygart Valley River, a branch of the Monongahela. To cover Crawford’s expenses, GW was authorized to advance him £80, collecting money for that purpose not only from officers but now for the first time from former rank-and-file members of the regiment also. Each field officer was assessed £11 5s., each captain £6 15s., each subaltern £4 10s., and each common soldier a fourth of a subaltern’s share (minutes of the officers of the Virginia Regiment, 5 Mar. 1771, DLC:GW).

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