George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Hall, 22 October 1758

From John Hall

Lake Geo. [N.Y.] 8th [Roman calendar month, i.e., October] 22d 1758

Dear Sir

this is the 4th Lr I have wrote you this Campn for all wch have not b⟨een⟩ so happy as to receve one in return.1

I cant account for the Loss of yr ⟨illegible⟩ any other Way than by attributg it to Business, wch your Warfare must naturally involve you in⟨.⟩2 an active mind like yours steadily bent on a glorious persuit, ought not to be wean’d to a more trifling Attention, that as to this point I freely absolve you, earnestly hoping, when you have divested yourself of Business, you’l once more look on me in the Numr of yr Acquaintance.

What may be the fate of our Arms yr Way I know not, but I hope for Success, not more through a Spirit of Patriotism, or the principles of a Sold⟨ier⟩ than a Certainty of its throwing an additional Lustre, on the Man I esteem.

I read with infinite regret, the Loss off poor Baker & Campbell, I think the Bullets fly your Way as ours—They seem more to be directed by Envy, than guided by fate.3

Its out of my power to write any News—& Its none to tell you I am with sincere Affection Yr most obt hbe Servt

Jno. Hall

P.S. My kind Coms. Wait on Majr Halkett & Col. Bird to whom I now writ⟨mutilated⟩—pardn the freedom of the inclos⟨mutilated⟩.4


1No letter from Hall to GW has been found that is dated after Hall’s letter of 14 Feb. 1758 in which Hall acknowledged receipt of a letter sent by GW from Mount Vernon. In Hamilton, Letters to Washington description begins Stanislaus Murray Hamilton, ed. Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers. 5 vols. Boston and New York, 1898–1902. description ends (3:139–40), this letter of 22 Oct. is misdated 22 Dec. 1758. Hall was a lieutenant in GW’s regiment until May 1757 when he went to New York and bought an ensign’s commission in the 44th Regiment of Foot. At this time he was a lieutenant in the 18th Regiment of Foot.

2Hamilton makes out the illegible word to be “favr” (ibid.).

3Lieutenants James Baker and John Campbell of the 1st Virginia Regiment were among those killed on 14 Sept. near Fort Duquesne.

4The enclosures to Francis Halkett and William Byrd have not been found.

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