George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Lee and Culpeper County Lieutenant, 25 June 1757

To Henry Lee and Culpeper County Lieutenant

[Fort Loudoun, 25 June 1757]

Copies of Letters to the County Lieutenants of Prince-William and Culpeper.

This will serve to acquaint you, that I have received subsequent intelligence to that transmitted to you;1 which contradicts the report of the enemys having carried down a train of artillery, and that they have taken Ray’s-town-road; by which it is imagined their intention is more probably against Pennsylvania than this province. Therefore I hope that the Militia may not be immediately wanted—However shall leave it to you to act as you shall think proper.

As I am informed by the Governor that he has (in consequence of our first intelligence) ordered up a third of the Militia of several Counties—among which yours are included2 And as I sent him an express immediately upon the receipt of this last account: And, altho’ it is beyond a doubt, that a considerable body of the enemy is coming down; yet I think by their rout, they will not send their principal force this way. I am &c.



1On 16 June GW sent to these two county lieutenants and the county lieutenant of Fairfax a copy of Capt. John Dagworthy’s warning of 14 June of a large invasion force headed toward Fort Cumberland.

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