To John Carlyle
[Fort Cumberland, Md., 7 June 1755]
To Major Carlyle
I take this oppertunity, as it is the last I can expect before we leave this place, of enquiring after your health, which I hope is greatly amended since I saw you in Williamsburg.1 I have not time, as we are now very much hurried, to communicate very particularly the little News that is stirring in the Camp; from whence, before I arrivd, was Detachd a body of 500 Men under the Command of Major Chapman & the Quarter Master General, who are to prepare the Roads and lay a Deposit of Provision’s at the Little Meadows; where they are to Erect some kind of Defensive Work to secure our convoys. Tomorrow Sir Peter Halkett with the first Brigade March
off, and abt the Monday following the Genl and the 2d will move from hence.2 We have no certain accts of the French on Ohio; but have advises by Letter from Governor Morris that a body of three hundd past Oswego, and that a still larger body was hourly expected, so that I apprehend we shall not take possession of Fort Duquisne so quietly as ⟨erasure⟩ imagind.3
The Inclosd is to my good Friend Mrs Carlyle,4 who I hope will not suffer our former corrispondance to drop; my sincere wishes and Compliments attends all enquiring Friends; and I am Dr Sir Yr most Obedt Servt
LB (original), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. Writing to his brother George Carlyle from Alexandria on 15 Aug. 1755, John Carlyle reported that while at Williamsburg in early May “I was taken with a nervous fever which very near carried me of, but [by] the strength of my Constitution & the Assistance of the best physician in this Country, I recovered. My memory is much impaired, my hearing not so good as formerly but I am in hopes with care to be reinstated. In the whole I was confined 21 days, 13 days before my disorder had a Turn & it cost me near sixty pounds. I am now very careful of myself & hope to be perfectly recovered soon” (transcript, ViAlCH).