George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Lewis, 1 November 1757

From Charles Lewis

Vaux Hall November 1st 1757

Dr Colo.

’Tis now some Time since I wrote to Mr Woodford, desireing him to procure me the Papers I left in yr Hands relative to my affair with Rennolds, I am now in want of them, and as he inform’d me You would send them if wanting, beg you’ll contrive them pr first opportunity.1 I receivd Yrs in which You inform me of yr giving Jackson the Liberty to inlist a Man in Lieu of himself, I am much oblig’d to You for the Indulgence, & indeed could have expected no more.2

I should not desire the Papers but Rennolds has sued me & I can’t possibly do without them, I should Think a Coppy of them would do for yr Bussiness, I am Sr Yr oblig’d Humble Servt

Chs Lewis


Charles Lewis, GW’s friend, was a captain in the Virginia Regiment from September 1755 to May 1757.

1This may be William Woodford, Jr., who was serving on the South Branch as an ensign in Capt. Thomas Waggener’s company. It is not known what Lewis’s “affair with Rennolds” was. Two men named Rennolds, Benjamin and William, were active in the affairs of Caroline County at this time. Charles Lewis lived in Spotsylvania County and later moved to Caroline.

2There was a Thomas Jackson in GW’s company who enlisted in Augusta County in December 1756. He was 23 years old, a barber by trade, and English born.

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