George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Peter Hog, 26 January 1757

To Peter Hog

[Fort Loudoun] January 26th 1757.

To Capt. Hogg

Yours from Staunton of the 1st instant I have received.1 I am sorry you did not make a final settlement of your accompts, as it was for that purpose I appointed the meeting.

As I do not meddle with any accompts or vouchers relative to provision, you must still settle that matter with the Commissary in the best manner you can, as it was prevented before, and draw upon him for money. At present I am entirely without, & shall be, until Mr Kirkpatrick comes from Winchester [Williamsburg]. I have examined your accompt of contingencies, and some articles without vouchers (which you ought to have known would be required by the Committee for every farthing that is paid) will not pass: others which relate more particularly to yourself, such as horse feeding &c. I can have nothing to do with.2 If Edmond Withs’ disease is found so bad as to render him unfit for Service, it shou’d be certified by the Surgeon, and then Major Lewis may discharge him,3 ’till such time as the committee shall come to some determination in regard to the pay of Ensign Fleming, as Surgeon, I can not desire him to officiate in that capacity.

I hope, and dare believe, his humanity and good disposition will induce him to assist thee needy, as he has knowledge in physic.

If Mr Wright’s charge against Wm Bishop (who I suppose to be the person you speak of) be just, it ought to be paid.4

With regard to David Evans, you can not complain; when you consider that I ordered you three men from another Company, for which you have made no allowance.5

The Governor has forbid me listing any more Servants ’till further orders—You will observe this accordingly. I am &c.



1Hog’s letter has not been found.

2In GW’s papers there is a document entitled: “The Country In Accot with Petr Hog for Sundry Charges on being Appointed to Oversee the Construction of the Forts on the Southern Frontier” (c.December 1756, DLC:GW). It includes several charges for “horse feeding.” Other documents in DLC:GW dealing with the settlement of Hog’s accounts at about this time are “The Country to Peter Hog,” dated 29 Dec. 1756, and an account of vouchers “Capt. Hog produced—Since the Comiss. Left the place January the 1[s]t 1757.” For more on the settlement of Hog’s accounts see GW to Hog, 24 July 1757.

3Edmond With (Waith) of Hog’s company was recruited 4 Jan. 1755 by Lt. John Hamilton of Capt. William Polson’s company of Virginia artificers who were with Braddock at the Monongahela. When he subsequently served in Andrew Lewis’s company, he was listed on the company size roll (c.September 1757) as a 34–year-old planter from Westmoreland County with “Large good Limbs” (DLC:GW).

4Mr. Wright may be the Staunton merchant Alexander Wright. William Bishop was listed on Hog’s payroll for December 1755 but his name does not appear on the “Roll of the Compy Late Capt. Hogs” of 4 Aug. 1757 (DLC:GW).

5David Evans was in GW’s company by 28 Aug. 1757. A fuller by profession, Evans was 28 years old, English, and he enlisted in Augusta County.

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