George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Robinson, 29 June 1757

From John Robinson

J⟨une⟩ 29. 1757

Dear Sir

I wrote you last by Mr Boyd by whom I sent Ten thousand Pounds, Six thousand for the Arrears due to the Regimt and Four thousand for Provisions &ca and Two days ago I received an Order from the Govr to send up to the Officers, appointed to receive the drafted and enlisted men, Two Thousand Pounds to pay the Men the Reward given them by the Act; and I have embraced the Opportunity by the Capt. that goes with our drafted men to Fredericksburgh to send the Money to be delivered to one of the Officers there appointed to receive the Men, to be by him delivered to You,1 I have paid Eleven of our Men who enlisted voluntary, a List of whose names I have sent to be given to the Officer that they mayn’t demand again, and there are only five that are drafted and who are to receive their Reward from You, I flatter myself the Conduct of our County in this Affair will meet with Approbation, as we have sent our full Compliment, and most of them likely young fellows2 I wish every other County may do as well, whereby you may be enabled to make some defence against our numerous and vigilant Enemy, of whose Motion⟨s⟩ and destination we are impatient to hear ⟨and⟩ of Fate of poor Spotswood, who is much lamented among us. In your last letter you hinted something of Capt. Mercers being indebted to the Country but as you did not speak out or let me know on what Acct it is I cant tell how to Act, the Committee has settled his Accts and there is due to him about 160.3 Which I shall retain in my hands till I hear further from you—I sincerely wish you all the happiness you can desire for I am with the greatest Truth Dear Sir Your Affecte Freind

John Robinson


1Dated 8 July 1757 is the following entry in GW’s Regimental Accounts: “To Cr. the Treasury—recd by the hands of Lieut. James Baker for paying the Bounty of Money to Drafts . . . 2000” (1755–58, DLC:GW). For GW’s disbursement of this fund, see GW to Robinson, 10 July 1757, n.7.

2Robinson’s house was in King and Queen County. GW reported on 8 July that he paid out £6 for drafts from King and Queen. See note 1. He wrote Robinson on 10 July that he had “received the Draughts &c. from your county,” but that two had deserted.

3See GW to Robinson, 10 June 1757, and John Kirkpatrick to GW, 19 June 1757, n.2. In DLC:GW is an account of George Mercer’s expenditures at Fort Loudoun from 21 Dec. 1756 to 20 April 1757 during which time GW for the most part was away from the fort.

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