George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Boyd, 6 December 1757

From Alexander Boyd

Fort Loudoun Decemr 6th 1757


Inclosed is an Account of Monthly Disbursts from January 1st to June 1st made by me & settled with the old Committee which I humbly conceive with answer the End required in Ballancing my Accot on your Book: The Vouchers are left in Mr Palmer’s hands at Williamsbg.1

Agreeable to your Instructions to Capt. Stewart I have sent by him Your Subsistance to Janry 1st 1758.2 I have also paid off the Troops to Novemr 1st and shall pay them again at the Conclusion of this month, as His Honor was so good as let me have a Fund sufficient for Four Months.

I shall write to Major Lewis for Officers to attend me at Staunton3 on the 10th of next month.

I am heartily sorrey to hear of your being so greatly Indispos’d: I sincerly wish for your speedy Recovery. With profound Esteem I am Sir Your most Obededient & humble Servt

Alexander Boyd


1The committee composed of members of the House of Burgesses empowered by statute to supervise military expenditures (see 7 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 69–87) last examined and approved GW’s regimental accounts on 13 May 1757. After that date the money to pay the men in the Virginia Regiment no longer passed through GW’s hands (see Dinwiddie to GW, 16 May 1757 [second letter]). John Palmer was the clerk of this oversight committee.

2According to GW’s accounts he received from Boyd on 19 Dec. 1757 £257.16 “by Captn Stewart.” This sum included his pay, table expenses, and the pay for two batmen, for the months of September, October, November, and December 1757 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 46).

3Staunton was the county seat of Augusta County on Virginia’s western frontier.

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