Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to Arthur Dobbs
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
Volume 05, Pages 445-446
[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 2. P. 280.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Governor Dobbs.
Nov'r 22nd, 1755.
The enclos'd Packets came by H. M'y's Ship Seaford, who touch'd at Boston before he came here. He brings no particular News. Those L'rs
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for the So'ern Gov'rs I must entreat You to forw'd. Last Week we had above 1,000 Neutrals from N. Scotia, w'ch is a disagreeble Importat'n to the People here. I have not yet determin'd how to dispose of them. As the Fr. have been very busy with the So'ern Ind's, I am determ'd to send two Com'rs to the Catawbas and Cherokees with Presents, &c., to strengthen our Int't with them and to endeavour to get a No. of their Warriors to join our Forces next Spring, if Operat's are concert'd at Home, with some Regim'ts w'ch I have solicited. At present, our Forces are entirely on the Defensive, for the Fr. and Ind's, in flying Parties, continue robb'g and murder'g our back Inhabit'ts. It will give me much Pleasure to hear of your recovery, and I sincerely wish You a Confirmat'n of Y'r Health, and I remain, with kind Respects,
Y'r Ex's most ob'd't h'ble serv't,