George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Orme, 3 April 1755

From Robert Orme

An Answer to the foregoing

Dear Sir[3 April 1755]

I communicated your desires to the General who expresses the greatest satisfaction in having you of our Party and Orders me to give his Compliments and to assure you his Wishes are to make it agreeable to yourself and consistant with your Affairs and therefore desires you will so settle your business at home as to join him at Wills Creek if more convenient for you and whenever you find it necessary to return he begs you will look upon yourself as entire Master, and judge of what is proper to be done.

Pray present my Duty to my Father1 and assure him if Filial Obedience and honour for a Parent can secure his Affection I am extreamely safe.

I long with impatience to have you of our Family that I may have frequent oppertunity’s to assure you with how much sincerety I am Dr Sir Yr most obedt Servant &[ca]

R. Orme

Mr Shirley desires his Compliments.

LB (original), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

Orme probably wrote this letter at Alexandria in the morning before setting out for Annapolis with Braddock, Dinwiddie, and Keppel. The party reached its destination in the afternoon.

1Orme is referring to William Fairfax, who sent word by GW that his “Sanguine hopes” for Orme were like those of an “endulgent Father” (GW to Orme, 2 April 1755).

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