George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Robinson, 16 December 1755

From John Robinson

Decr 16. 1755

Dear Sir

I recd your favour by Mr Mercer and am very sorry I could not dispatch him sooner, but it was impossible, and at last have not been able to send the whole ballance having got ready for him only Four Thousand Pounds ten shillings which I hope will be sufficient to answer all your present Occasions and the Ballance you may have whenever you please to order it.1 I[t] gives me great Concern to find you meet with so many obstacles in the discharge of your Duty in the Service of your Country, which I know you have much at heart, it astonishes me to hear that a petty Officer should pretend to command the Forces raised by this Colony and in a Fort erected at our Expence and that our Govr should suffer us to be made such dupes of,2 but I hope his Majesty will soon do Justice to your Merit and releive you from the disagreable situation you are now in, and that you may be at liberty to act for the good [of] your Country to which I am sure your inclination strongly leads you, I am with real truth Dr Sir Your Affect. Friend

John Robinson


1GW wrote Robinson on 5 Dec. 1755 asking him to give to John Mercer “the balance of the ten thousand pounds” in his military chest. See GW to Dinwiddie, 5 Dec. 1755, n.1.

2Robinson is referring to Capt. John Dagworthy’s pretensions to seniority at Fort Cumberland and to GW’s hopes for a royal commission.

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