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Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to Arthur Dobbs
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
June 28, 1756
Volume 05, Page 589

[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 2. p. 448.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Governor Dobbs.

June 28th, 1756.
Sir:

Last Night I rec'd some L'rs from Engl'd per the Packet y't arriv'd at N. York the 6th Curr't. I have a L'r from Co. Webb, who arriv'd there in the Packet, desiring me to forw'd the enclos'd to you by Exp's, w'ch I now accordingly do, and am to pay him £8. By a Vessell seven Weeks from Londo. says y't 10 Days before he sail'd 2,000 Regular Troops were embark'd and sail'd for New York; y't L'd Loudon, with 1,000 more, were to sail a Week after him. We have reason to believe the first Embarkation may be arriv'd at N. York by y's time, and L'd Loudon, with the rest, very soon. I am sorry they are so late. I fear they will be much hurried in conduct'g any Th'g of Consequence this Sumer. I wrote you by Colo. Innes, and sent you Copy of the Treaty with the Catawbas and Cherokees. I wish the Cherokees may remain stedy to our Int't, but I fear they are under some strong Influence and Attachm'ts to the Fr., but as Gov. Glen, who always declar'd his great Int't with 'em is in y'r country, I hope he will engage 'em to comply with y'r Engagem'ts. I have sent an Express on y't head, and wrote strongly to Mr. Glen to make Int't with 'em. As there are many Foreign Off's come and coming over here to com'd the Royal American Regim't, I wish it may not discourage recruit'g of Men, as the People in gen'l are averse to be under Com'd of Strangers, but I suspend my Opin'n till the arrival of the Com'd'r-in-Chief, and know the Steps he proposes to take in rais'g of Men, w'ch to me at pres't, many obstacles are in the way.

We all join in best Respects, and I am, in truth,

Sir, Y'r ob'd't h'ble serv't.