From Robert Dinwiddie
Williamsburg Septr 24th 1757
After closing my Letter to You of this Date I recd Yours of the 20th by Brinker giving Acct of the miserable Distress our Frontier Inhabitants are in, which gives me the greatest Concern & Uneasiness1—Really it is not in my Power to do more for defence against the Incursions of our barbarous Enemies, than to recommend Your speedy executing my Orders to You, for raising a Company of Rangers to consist of 100 Men &ca to effect which I pray You to exert Yourself.
I agree to Lieutt Fell’s Resignation,2 & Your appointg Mr Chew—You will observe what I write about Ct. McNeill in my former. I remain Sir Your humble Servant
LS, DLC:GW; LB, ViHi: Dinwiddie Papers.
1. GW’s letter of 20 Sept. 1757 is missing. It was probably in this letter that he told Dinwiddie of the raid “about the 17th,” which he describes in his letter to John Stanwix, 8 Oct. 1757. The raiders, he wrote, came within twelve miles of Fort Loudoun and killed “upwards of 20” people.
2. GW must have written on 20 Sept. about Ens. Robert Fell’s wish to resign.