George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Christopher Gist, 24 November 1755

From Christopher Gist

Lancaster Town Pennsylvania Novr 24th 1755

Dear Sir

I have Sent twenty of My Soldiers to York Town1 who are all in good Sperritts there and Two I now Send to them. To Morrow I Shall follow them I have been forced to Borrow Money, and if Could have had Money enough I Bleive I Should have had 50 Men by this Time, I hope I Shall be properly Supploy’d with cash to Answer what I have done and if We want men I think I Can Soon get them.2 We have had No Scalping work hear this Week. We have a flying Story of 7000 French Going to Attact Genl Johnston which hope is Not true. I shall be at winchester with all Possible Speed in the Intrum I am Sir yr Most Humle Servt

Christr Gist

PS Detr: Giles is with me with whos Company hope you’l be pleased. C.G.


1York, Pa., was about 30 miles from Lancaster.

2In his regimental return of 21 Jan. 1756 Adam Stephen reports as Gist’s recruits 2 sergeants and 19 soldiers. In his company payroll for Mar. 1756 Gist names 41 men.

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