George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Bell, 25 June 1757

To John Bell

[Fort Loudoun, 25 June 1757]


I have sent the enclosed to Colonel Lee, open to you, that you may peruse it, and afterwards transmit it immediately to him.

As I have many Expresses to dispatch, I am puzzled to procure Horses for that service. I send you enclosed, letters for the County Lieutenants of Stafford and Spotsylvania, which I must desire you will forward with the utmost expedition;1 as it may be the means of preventing a great deal of trouble to them, and a heavy expence to the country. I am &c.


Copy of a letter to Maj. John Bell; of Pr. Wm County.
Fort Loudoun, June 25th 1757.


John Bell was a justice of the peace in Prince William County and from 1756 to 1758 was one of its representatives in the House of Burgesses. When Fauquier County was carved from Prince William in 1759, Bell was among those named a justice. Shortly thereafter he became colonel of the new county’s militia and, in 1761, its sheriff.

1See GW to Orange County Lieutenant, Henry Fitzhugh, and John Spotswood, 25 June 1757.

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