George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Beverley Robinson, 1 March 1758

From Beverley Robinson

New York 1st March 1758

Dear Sir

Inclosed is a Letter from my friend Joseph Chew of New London which he Desires me to forward to you, he has also sent me a Trunk for his Brother Coleby in your Regiment, and Desires I will forward it to some Gent. in Philadelphia who will send it from thence to your Care, as Mr Chew is noted for being a most obliging person in things of this Sort and seems Very Desirous his Brother Should get the Trunk, I must beg you’l Excuse his taken the Liberty of Troubleing you about it. I shall Send it tomorrow by the Stage Boat to the Care of Mr William Coxe in Philada and Desire him to write you a Line to Acquaint you by whom or what way he sends it from thence.1

No Doubt you are Acquainted with the Expedition under the Direction of Lord How he has 2500 or 3000 picked men given him to make an Attack on Ticondaroga, we have no Accot of his having Marched from Albany, but as we have had fine weather for this week past make no Doubt he is Marched and Dare say every thing will be Done on his part,2 Lord Loudoun has Lately meet the New England governors at Hartford in Connecticut, and from thence is gone on to Boston, what to do there the Lord Knows.3

an Expedition your Way under the Command of general Webb is talked off, and Mr Byrd is gone to South Carolina & so to the Cherokee Indians to get a number of them to Joyne us.4

Inclosed you have a Supplement to our News paper giving the good Accot of the Brave King of Prussia.5

Mrs Robinson & her Little Boys are very well, she Desires her Compts to you.6 I beg you will Remember me to Capt. Mercer, and believe me to be Dr Sr Yr Afft. Humble Srt

Bev: Robinson


2George Augustus, Lord Howe, colonel of the 55th Regiment, received orders from Loudoun in December 1757 to lead an expedition against Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga in February, but the expedition was called off after a snowfall of 2 to 5 feet.

3Loudoun met with the governors in Hartford on 24 Feb. and was back in New York from Boston about 10 March. William Pitt’s dispatch of 30 Dec. 1757 replacing Loudoun with Gen. James Abercromby and altering Loudoun’s plans for the army campaign in 1758 arrived in New York on 4 Mar. 1758.

4Loudoun planned a campaign against Fort Duquesne to be headed by John Stanwix with the 35th and most of the 60th regiments to be joined by 600 Cherokee who were to be brought up by William Byrd. Loudoun sent Byrd, at this time serving with him as a volunteer aide, to South Carolina in February 1758 to assist Edmond Atkin in gathering the Cherokee warriors and to conduct them to Winchester in Virginia. For Byrd’s mission to South Carolina, see GW to John Blair, 9 April 1758, n.2.

5Following his victory at Rossbach on 5 Nov. 1757, Frederick II marched into Silesia to begin a campaign that culminated in the defeat of the Austrian forces at Leuthen near Breslau on 5 December.

6Beverley Robinson’s wife, Susannah Philipse of Philipsburgh Manor, had twelve children, several of whom died young. The oldest surviving child, Beverley (1754–1815), became a distinguished officer in the British army.

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