From Robert Dinwiddie
Wmsburg June 27th 1754
Yr Letter without Date I recd1 am sorry You have occasion to complain for want of Flouer &ca it gives me much Uneasiness, & have wrote strongly to Majr Carlyle to prevent any such Complaints for the Future, & I hope You will have no room to complain for the want of Provisions or Ammunition having desired that the last may be immediately sent out. Before this reaches You I doubt not Colo. Innes will be with You, who has my full Instructs. for conducting the Expedition, & a regulatn in regard to the Comdrs of the Independt Compas. which I hope will prevent any murmuring in regard to rank.2
I wish You had suspended going to Red Stone Creek, ’till You was joined by the other Forces, being much affraid of a Surprize; You know the French act with great Secrecy & Cunning, & therefore I do not doubt You will be on Yr Guard—I shall be glad Mr Perroney be appointed Adjutant, I have left the Appointmts to Colo. Innes & on Yr Applicatn I dare say he will appoint him;3 & regulate the Affairs in regard to the regulars working on the roads building Forts &ca—I am excessively hurried with Affairs of great Consequence, that I cannot answer Yr Letter fully, but be always assured that I have a true regard for Yr Merit & good Conduct, & I shall be very carefull in representing the same when I have the opportunity of serving You. I refer You to Colo. Innes, who no doubt will consult with You in most Things.
I have order’d two Hogsheads of rum out, & when in want desire Colo. Innes to write to Majr Carlyle for more. I am with Esteem & respect Sr Yr Friend & humble Servt
P.S: The Frenchman You recomanded does not appear. Let Capt. Trent & his Lieut. lie dormant for some Time.4 I am well pleas’d to have the Half King my Namesake & my Service to him.
2. Dinwiddie issued his instructions to James Innes presumably on the same day that he signed Innes’s commission, 4 June, but he appended additional instructions on 25 June explicitly empowering Innes to suspend and replace any officer and making it clear that all independent companies were under Colonel Innes’s command (Brock, Dinwiddie Papers description begins R. Alonzo Brock, ed. The Official Records of Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Virginia, 1751–1758. 2 vols. Richmond, 1883–84. description ends , 1 : 194–97). See also Dinwiddie to Innes, 27 June 1754, ibid., 223.