George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fairfax, 6 August 1757

From William Fairfax

Alexandria. 6th Augt 1757.

Dear Sir

I had yr Favor of the 28th of July by Tebe.1 My Writing to You relating to the desir’d Commission for Billy Fx was principally for You to acquaint the Governor if any Vacancys, without the Knowledge of which his Honor coud not make out a Commission, and being told there were Several Vacancys I did write to the Governor for a Commission. As they are all filld up Billy must wait. In the mean Time He is learning the Manual Exercise and other Necessary Accomplishments that He may appear with a good Face when He is receivd into yr Regiment. If Mr Milner whom You mentiond, should quit the Field, Please to inform the Governor and know his Pleasure concerning Billy’s Expectation—As Ld Loudoun may at this Time be engagd in Action Somewhere, So that Billy could not if attempted, easily follow his Lordship, I have wrote to Mr Commissary Pitcher, desiring Him to Let his Lordship & Genl Abercromby know, Billy has Letters of Recommendation but as it’s imagind there may be many Cadets unprovided for, Billy is aiming at making Some Beginning in yr Regiment and continue till He has the Honour of knowing his Lps Pleasure.2

If You had not been at Fort Loudoun when Mr Atkyn’s imprudent Orders to imprison the Cherokees were given And their forcible Delivery out of Goal, no doubt but the Indians when inflamd would have made Mr Atkyns their first Sacrifice and then judging their sd Fact beyond Repair might go on and slaughter All they could overcome. I hope your Messenger has got timely to prevent the Nation at their Homes beginning Hostilitys, as it woud take some Time to collect their Warriors and form Resolutions after the Arrival of the first Intelligence.3 Yr Brothers wth Colo. G. Lee are here expecting to have met You, but now imagine You don’t think proper to leave Fort Loudoun till You know the Disposition of the absent Cherokee’s &c. If You dont come Soon, Please to favor Me with the Number of private Men now in yr Regiment and where garrisond, for my own Notice—All here and at Belvoir offer their best Wishes And I remain Yr very affect. & obedt Servt

W: Fairfax


1The letter has not been found. Tebe may be the boy named Tebey bound to William Cocks by the Frederick County court in March 1757. He seems more likely, however, to have been a servant of John Carlyle’s. On 26 June 1756 GW recorded a payment of 5s. to “Mr. Carlyles Tebe” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 30).

2James Abercromby was Loudoun’s second in command, and James Pitcher had been commissary of musters at Oswego.

3GW wrote to Fairfax on 28 July apparently in the same vein that he wrote to John Stanwix on 30 July 1757 about Edmond Atkin and the forced freeing of the Cherokee warriors.

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