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Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to Arthur Dobbs
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
August 26, 1757
Volume 05, Page 783

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[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 2. p. 691.]
Governor Dinwiddie to Governor Dobbs.

Aug'st 26th, 1757.

Sir:

My last to Yo. was the 5th of July, to w'ch please be referr'd. I'm sorry I've Occas'n to write Yo. that our Affairs to the No'w'd have very gloomy Aspects. The Enemy invested F't W'm Henry with 11,000 Men on the 4th of this Mo. They held out till the 7th, when they were oblig'd to capitulate, the Terms not yet known. Two Days after, they beseig'd Fort Edward, w'ch is suppos'd to be under the same Fate as the former, and it's suppos'd they have march'd to Albany, and where they may stop, God knows. I send Yo. enclos'd a Copy of Gov'r Delancy's L're from Albany to the Council of N. York, and another from Mr. Kenedy, one of the Councell, to Gov'r Denny. The great Consternation and fear N. York is in can't be describ'd. From Nova Scotia, L'd Loud'n was safe there with the Forces from N. York, and was join'd by Adm'l Holbourn withh the Line of Battle Ships and all the Transports from Brittain, having lost only 6 Men by Death on their Passage. As it proves much too late in the Year for put'g in Execut'n the grand Design ag'st Canada, it's suppos'd his L'd'p will endeavour to take Lewisburg, where they say the Fre. have 10 Line of Battle Ships, besides Frigates. It's thought My L'd will be able to Land 16,000 or 18,000 Men. If so, I wish him Success, and that he may soon be able to send a Reinforcement to N. York. No News from England but w't is in the enclos'd Gazettes. I was willing to give Yo. the earliest Notice of the News, tho' bad. I've been confin'd with Fever and Ague for some Time, wh'ch makes writing uneasy.

I rema., with Respect,
Y'r Exc'ys most ob'd't h'ble serv't.