From Charles Smith
Fort Loudoun July the 26th 1758
I have this Day Discharged the Expences on acct of Ellection, as by the Ellection, as by the Enclosed accts. I have Sent an acct of The proceedings by Express,1 also I have Sent Your two horses By Colo. John Carlyle, who is to receive them at Your quarter and Take them down to Your Place according to Your Order.2 The Small Pox has not Spread in Town as yet, but the Flux is Very bad in the fort, there has been two of the old Regiament Dead, and five of the New, Since Your departure. I am but weack in the Garrison, as by my weekly return to You will appear,3 I have Sent You a True Copy of the Poll whereby You will be a Compitent Judge of Your Friends.4 Your Friend Joseph Carroll whom I Employ’d To take the Poll as one of the Clerks Desires to be remembered to you.5 Pray Sir Excuse hast, as I am you sincear friend, and Humble Servt
1. See Enclosures I, II, III, and IV. Including the account of expenditures submitted by John Hite and enclosed in Smith to GW, 5 Aug., where it is printed, Smith paid out a total of £39.6 to five vendors for 46¾ gallons of beer, 40 gallons, 1 hogshead, 1 barrel, and 10 bowls of rum punch, nearly 35 gallons of wine, 2 gallons of cider, and 3½ pints of brandy, as well as dinner for his “friends.”
2. Smith wrote GW about the two horses on 20 July.
3. Smith’s returns of 26 July are much the same as those of 20 July, for which see Smith to GW, 20 July, n.5. On 26 July, 13 of 34 soldiers in the 1st Virginia Regiment were sick, 18 of 20 in the 2d Virginia Regiment, and 2 of 6 rangers. One ill Carolinian remained at Fort Loudoun.
4. See Enclosure V.
5. Joseph Carroll was a resident of Frederick County as early as 1745.