George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John St. Clair, 20 April 1758

From John St. Clair

Philadelphia April 20th 1758

Dear Sir

I received your agreeable Letter of the 12th by the return of the Express I sent to Winchester, it was very acceptable News to General Forbes, Major Halkett and my self to hear you was so well as to be able to make the Campaign with us.

This Letter goes by one Riker, I have not time to write to you so fully as I woud choose, but Mr Rutherford is here I shall write to you more fully he sets out in a day or two.1

Be so good as tell Mr Gist that I received his Letter last night & have received orders from Genl Forbes to provide every thing the Indians may want. I have sent to Winchester about 60 fuzies wt. 100 Match Coats. and am now about collecting 300 Arms more with other Indian goods, all which shall be sent from hence so soon as possible. The Arms are good.2

The Bearer is in a great hurry to be gone so that I must conclude with being Dear Sir Your most obedient and most humble Servant

John St clair.

ALS, Goodspeed’s Book Shop, Inc., Boston, Mass.; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.

1These were probably Henry Rinker of Winchester and Thomas Rutherford who had been acting as an agent for Christopher Gist, the deputy in Virginia for Edmond Atkin, superintendent of Indian affairs.

2The “Lists of Indian Goods” that had been sent to Winchester was dispatched by Forbes to Gen. James Abercromby, 22 April 1758, and is printed in James, Writings of Forbes description begins Alfred Procter James, ed. Writings of General John Forbes Relating to His Service in North America. Menasha, Wis., 1938. description ends , 70. See also St. Clair to Thomas Bullitt, 13 April 1758, n.1.

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