George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Mynn Thruston, 21 June 1794

From Charles Mynn Thruston

Frederick County [Va.] 21º June 1794.


That there is existing at Kentuckey a powerful faction for placing that Country under the protection of the British Goverment, & of seperating from the Union of the States, the most recent intelligence seems to evince, as well priviate epistolary, as other.

And further, that this Contagion is not confined to a few obscure individuals, but widely diffused through the leading Characters of that Community, is much to be apprehended, & not without some suspicion, of its having penetrated our very camp.

For some days I have been balancing whether to say thus much to your Excellency, not as fact, but from information, probable, and highly worthy of enquiry into, And have delayed it, least I might be impertinent.

But it is a circumstance, which may lead to consequences so full of importance, that whether it be true, or ill founded, or whether notice on the Subject already has come to your hands; the Occasion, I trust, is such a one, as will plead, if not My justification, at least an excuse with your Excellency. My sole Motive is a simple & honest one, the Safety of our Country.

Notwithstanding the professions of the British & Spaniards, the intelligent part of the frontiers, who are friends to Goverment, are still not without suspicions of their designs and of their connexions by the Lakes & Mississippi. May I take, therefore, permission to add, that in case of invasion, or other sudden emergency, No Man with Us could collect with promptitude in this quarter so good & Useful a body of effective soldiery, as our old General Morgan; As from potowmac to South Carolina the Applications to him for service in Expectation of a War, have of late been exceedingly numerous. I have the honor to be, Sir, Yr Most Obliged & most Obedient humble Servant

C.M. Thruston

ALS, DLC:GW. The cover is marked by Thruston "per post private" and, apparently by a postmaster, "free" and "Winchester July 1st."

Charles Mynn Thruston (1738-1812) was an Episcopal minister who served as a military officer during the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars. Thruston, who did not resume his ministry after the Revolutionary War, represented Frederick County at five sessions of the Virginia House of Delegates between 1782 and 1788 and served as a county judge.

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