George Washington Papers

From George Washington to David Bell, 22 April 1756

To David Bell

[Winchester, 22 April 1756]

To Captain David Bell. commanding at Conogochiege.

Waggons will be sent down to Conogochiege1 to bring some provisions to this place. Let the chief part of their loads be Flour; and put some Beef and Fish into each waggon—Take care to reserve a sufficient quantity for your own and Captain Gist’s Company, for a month.

Captain Gist and you must remain at Conogochieg until further Orders: you must not neglect to procure as many Canoes as possible. Sergeant Hughes must send up his accusation against Michael Bond.2

Send me, per the first opportunity, a Return of the quantity of Corn at Conogochieg; who it was laid in by; and for what purpose. I am Sir, &c.



1Conococheague Creek flows into the Potomac from Maryland opposite Maidstone in Virginia. Maidstone was sometimes called Conococheague. See the note for GW to George Gordon, 15 Sept. 1755 (second letter).

2William Hughes of Robert Stewart’s company of light horse became adjutant of the Virginia Regiment in 1757 and reached the rank of lieutenant before the regiment was disbanded in 1762. This may be Matthew Bond, who was ordered released on 3 June 1756 after being held at Winchester with two other men on suspicion of being spies.

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