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Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to James Innes
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
August 11, 1755
Volume 05, Pages 418-419

[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 2. P. 146.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Colonel Innes.

Aug. 11th, 1755.

Sir:

I rec'd Y'rs of the 11th Cur't. The sudden March of Colo. Dunbar surprizes every Body here. I expected if he had not tho't proper to make a second Attempt over the Mount's y't he w'd have canton'd his Forces

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at proper Distances along the Frontiers of H. M'y's Colonies to guard them ag'st the Invasions of the Enemy, but to march off all the Regulars and leave the Fort and Frontiers to be defended by 400 Sick and wounded and the poor Remains of our Provincial Forces, appears to me absurd and very ill-judged. I am much fatigu'd with the Misfortunes attend'g our Affairs, writ'g to all the G'rs and in acting with our Assembly, y't I say no more at pres't, but y't my Wife and Girls join me in sincere Respects, and I am,

S'r, y'r aff. F'd and h'ble serv't.