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Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to Arthur Dobbs
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
June 20, 1757
Volume 05, Pages 765-766

[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 2. P. 651.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Governor Dobbs.


June 20th, 1757.

Sir:

I rec'd yours of the 3rd Curr't. I observe your Assembly have voted 200 Men for So. Carolina. I prorogu'd ours the 8th. After many Argum'ts and a Long Session they at last voted the Augmentation of our Regim't to 1,200 Men, and 3 Companies of Rangers of 100 Men each, and voted £80,000 for our Subsista., &c. I've been so happy w'th 'em that they agreed to every thing I ask'd in my speech on opening the Session. The Mode they propos'd for raising the Men is somewhat precarious, but as it is to be done in 25 Days after passing the Act, I shall soon see the effect of it. The 28th ulto. I sent 200 Men from our Regim't to So. Carolina under the Convoy of Capt Arbuthnott, and also 100 bbls. of Gun Powder and 3 Tons Lead Ball. We have had many Indians from the Cherokees, Catawbas, Tucaroras, &c., but they're not to be govern'd, or will they tarry any Time to do us any Service. The Catawbas and Tuscaroras are return'd home; ab't 150 Cherokees still at Winchester, but they are a dissatisfied set of People. Mr. Atkin is gone up to them. I sent w'th him about £500 in Goods to be given 'em as he saw proper. My wife and Young Ones join me in Kind Compl'ts to Yo., son, and nephew. I always am Y'r Ex'cy's.

Most ob'd't h'ble serv't.

P. S.—I forwarded Y'r L're this Day. This Minute by Express from

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Colo. Washington, that a Party of our Indians, under comand of Lieut. Baker, w'th some Cherokee Indians, met w'th 10 Frenchmen at Turtle Creek, near F't Du Quesne, and kill'd and scalp'd 5, 2 of w'ch were officers, and they've bro't 1 officer in Prisoner.