From Henry Prather
Old Town [Md.] August the 4th 1758
Agreable to my Instructions from his Excelency Horatio Sharpe Ime orderd to write to you for an Escort, with waggons; to take Ninteen Lode of his Majesties stores from this to Fort Cumbd & I shall Like wise wate here with Eight men to assist with them up & Shall want Provision sent with the Waggons as we have none but what I borrow.1 Am with Respect Your Most Obedient Humbel St
Henry Prather was a lieutenant in the Maryland company commanded by Capt. Joshua Beall. He was reported killed in the French and Indian attack on the forces at Loyalhanna on 12 Oct. 1758. Old Town, Md., was the site of Thomas Cresap’s house and trading post.