George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Chew, 11 October 1758

From Joseph Chew

New London [Conn.] Octr 11th 1758

Dear sir

it is Very hard for me to tell you the Great unneasiness I have Labour’d under since Last Post. on Accot of the affair near Fort Duquesne. where it is said our Troops Commanded by Majr Grant where Repulsed with the Loss of many Virginians amongst whome I am informed my Poor Brother makes one—I Pray you my Dear Friend to let me know how that matter was and what Fate my Dear Brother met if the Circumstances of it have Come to your knowledge—I have Very Little hopes that he is on this side death but hope his behavour merrited a Better Fate.1 all his Letters have been full of Expressions of Gratitude towards you and I flater my self had he Lived his Actions would have Corresponded with them—as it is I Pray you to believe my heart overflows with greatfull sentiments in his behalf and that I am my Dear sir Your most Obed. Servt

Jos. Chew


1GW’s letter to the merchant Joseph Chew confirming that his brother Colby Chew was killed on 14 Sept. was probably the one that Robert Stewart on 22 Oct. promised to forward to Philadelphia and on 25 Oct. reported would be taken to Philadelphia the following day. The list of casualties in the 1st Virginia Regiment is printed as an enclosure, GW to Fauquier, 25 September.

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