Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to George Washington
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
Volume 05, Pages 134-135
[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 1. P. 268.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Colonel Washington.
3d August, [1754.]
I rec'd y'rs of the 28th Ulto. The Bearer brings You £600, w'ch is all can be got, and hope it will answer for the pres't. I have no doubt w'n the Assembly meets they will grant a Supply in such manner as to Com'd Money, the want thereof, I know has been a great Loss to the Expedit'n. I am sorry Y'r. regim't have behav'd so very refractory; tho' they have a right to their Pay, they sh'd have been easy till You
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ret'd. It's strange the Officers sh'd have allow'd them to desert with their Guns. I hope he sent a party after them, and an Example sh'd be made of the ringleaders; at this distance, I cannot conceive the reason, but appears to me, the want of proper Com'd. Muse wrote me, and I answer'd, he was welcome to resign, and I suppose Maj'r Stephens succeeds him. I sent You Orders to recruit Y'r regim't with all possible Diligence, y't You may be ready to join the other Forces at Will's Creek, to execute the Scheme sent by Colo. Innes. I repeat my Orders now, and am in hopes You will meet with little difficulty in Complying therewith, and y't with Expedit'n, as the season of the Year calls for it, and I am convinc'd of Y'r hearty Inclinat's, w'ch I desire You will now exert.
S'r, Y'r friend, &c.