George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Mordecai Buckner, 16 December 1755

To Mordecai Buckner

[Alexandria, 16 December 1755]

To Ensign Buckner. Quarter Master of the Virginia Regiment.

The Recruits now in this town are to remain here until the arrival of the vessel with the Stores, &c. and to be under the same directions as before ordered. So soon as the Stores arrive, you are, with all possible dispatch, to procure a sufficient number of Waggons to carry them to Winchester; whither they are to be sent, under the escort of the Soldiers now here: except the Suits of Clothes; Shoes, Stockings, Shirts, &c. proportionably, which are to be left with Colonel Carlyle.1

You are to be very careful of all the Things delivered into the Waggons, and see that a strict Guard is kept over them, that no embezzlement is made. If your men can not be conveniently Quartered on their march up; there will be a number of Tents among the Stores, which must be made use of. If any of the Soldiers should desert from this place, it would be proper to send a Sergeant, and one or two trusty men, in pursuit of them. Given at Alexandria &c.


1GW is referring to the sloop Rawley which he had been expecting for weeks. See GW to Dinwiddie, 5 Dec. 1755, and especially George Mercer to James Craik, 13 Nov. 1755, n.1.

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