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Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to Arthur Dobbs
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
February 18, 1755
Volume 05, Pages 370-371

[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 1. P. 508.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Governor Dobbs.

Feb'y 18th, 1755.

Sir:

Y'rs of the 11th Curr't I rec'd last Night. Y'r Serv't, by Advice of Mr. Watson, carried Y'r Dispatches on b'd the Gibralter. I much approve of Y'r Son's com'g with a Compa. of 100 Men, and the sooner the better, as the Transports from Irel'd are daily expected. I am convinced the pernicious Scheme of last Year will make Y'r Son's Recruit'g very troublesome, but hope y't will be surmounted, as Y'r People will have the same Pay with ours. I cannot tell whether the Traders in Suffolk will take Y'r Paper Bills, as they are in Debt to Y'r Province, w'ch can be no Inconvenience to them; but they will not pass Curr't thorow the Province, as they are so adverse of issueing Paper for their own Service and on proper Security. I wrote You in my last the Price of Pork and Beef here. S'r J. St. Clair answers Y'r Let'r by Y'r Serv't; he sets out this Day for the Camp; he is a very capable and diligent Officer. When the Forces arrive, I shall take Care to give Notice to the different Tribes of Ind's, but the Twightwees being at a Distance, and the Fr. between us and them, y't it will be difficult, but a Message is sent to them some Time since, but as yet no return. I expect some Catawbas and Cherokees at Winchester the End of next Mo., to make Peace between the former and the No'ern Ind's. The Fr. are collecting all the Ind's they can, even to West of the Mississippi, but if our Forces get over the Mount's and shew them some of our Coehorns, I doubt not but many of them will desert. I shall send You Copy of

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the Operat's concluded on after the Gen'l arrives. I have sanguine Hopes of Success after our Forces are marched, but Pensylva'a has behaved monstrously bad; the Assembly broke up with't grant'g us any aid. I shall, at all Times, take Pleasure in correspond'g with You; at pres't much hurried, must, therefore, take leave with all our kind respects and Wishes. I rem'n, in great Sincerety,

Y'r Ex's most ob'd't humble serv't.