To John Augustine Washington
[Fort Cumberland, Md., 18 July 1755]
To Mr Jno. Auge Washington
As I have heard since my arrivl at this place,1 a circumstantial acct of my death and dying Speech, I take this early oppertunity of contradicting
both , and of assuring you that I ⟨ illegible ⟩2 of the livg by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation; I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under and yet escaped unhurt.
We have been most scandalously beaten by a trifling body of men; but fatiegue, and the want of tim⟨e⟩, prevent
s me from ⟨erasure⟩ing any of the ⟨erasure⟩ till I have the happiness of seeing you at home ; which I now most ardently wish d for, since we are drove in thus far. A Weak, and Feeble State of Health, obliges me to halt here for 2 or 3 days, to recover a little strength, that I may thereby be enabled to proceed homewards with more ease; You may expect to see me there on Saturday or Sunday Se’night,3 which is as soon as I can well be down as I shall take my Bullskin Plantation’s in my way. Pray give my Compts to all my Fds. I am Dr Jack Yr most Affecte Brothr
LB (original), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. GW had arrived at Fort Cumberland the previous day.
2. The illegible portion may read: “am still in the land.”
3. GW reached Mount Vernon on Saturday, 26 July.