George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel George Baylor, 13 July 1778

From Colonel George Baylor

Fredsburg [Va.] July 13th 1778

Dear Sir

Since my last letter to you I have made few or no purchases of Horses.1 having got all in this part of the country which wo’d answer as troopers, excepting the best kind; the price of which I think too extravigant, from two to three hundred pounds.

I have repeatedly spoke to Mr Hunter and his maniger at his works about the armes which I had engaged, they as often tel me that they shall be done, which has by no means been compli’d with. I have been frequently deceiv’d & much disappointed by them.2

Major Wash[i] ngton who could be no longer servisable here is gone to join his Regiment. A party of 36 men & 60 Horses of Colo. Blands, left this yesterday for Camp. I shall send off a party of 20 men and 40 Horses tomorrow under Lieut. Randolph. the men & Horses which I send, I think are good and pretty well Traind.

enclosd is the proceedings of a Regimental court of enquirery on Lieut. John Baylor for gameing, whome I have arrested. his plea is, a total ignorance of your ever having issued orders forbiding it. I should be glad to have your derections respecting him.3

As there is but little prospect of our geting many more Horses, I think it will be unnecessary to keep the recruits which I have got, here, for the purpose of taking the Horses to Camp, as I believe men may be got now, as fast as Horses.

Give me leave Sir in the most sincere manner to congratulate you on your signal suckcess in the Jearsy. I am dr Sir with the greatest Respect your most obedt and very Huml. Servant.

George Baylor

ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, owned (1980) by Mr. David Rust, Leesburg, Virginia.

1The most recent letter from Baylor to GW that has been identified is dated 27 May 1778.

2For discussion of Baylor’s engagement with James Hunter, Sr., see Baylor to GW, 11 May. The manager of Hunter’s Iron Works was John Strode.

3The court, held at Fredericksburg, Va., on 3 July, found John Baylor guilty (DLC:GW).

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