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Virginia Governor Robert Dinwiddie to George Washington, January 26, 1757

extracted from

The Official Records of Robert Dinwiddie, Volume II, R. A. Brock, editor
(Richmond: Virginia Historical Society, 1884), pages 584-585.


Governor Dinwiddie to Colonel Washington.
Janry 26th, 1757.

Sir:

Yrs of the 12th I recd. Im very sorry for the Mutiny Yo. Mention in the So. branch, and I greatly approve the Steps Yo. took to suppress it. I hope the six Deserters have been aprehended and punishd. The Persons under sentence of Death, I hear some of em are Serjeants and Corporals. Its a most arogant Affair in them to countenance and promote Mutiny, for wch they deserve the Sentce past upon em, however, take proper Method to make em sensible of their atrocious Crime and I desire Yo. may pardon em, but some of em, for Example, shd be reducd and put into the Ranks, and other apointed in yr room, but this I leave to Yo. As Yr people are enlisted wth the Money raisd for His Mys Service, and paid wth the same, and incorporated into a Regimt in his pay, I conceive they are subject to the Articles of Warr, and all other regulatns as His Mys more immediate regular forces. In this Opinn, the Attorney-General agrees with me. Mr. Walker has broke his Promise to me, but he never intimated any ill-Usage from Yo. I cd not imagine his Reasons, and only suggested that he met with some hindrance or Disappointmts in discharge of his Duty. I expect him in Town, when I shall talk with him fully on the Affair. He sent me an Accot of 690 annual Charges atending his Duty, besides his own pay, wch wd be a monstrous Charge on the Country. I therefore intend to put the Victualing in another channel when the Assembly meets; at present I cant see any Inconveniency, as Provisns are contracted for to supply Yo. for some Mos, wch Mr. Walker says were by his Order to Mr. Rutherford. As Capt. Mcneel is at Winchester, it will be too long to wait his coming here to go with the Catawbas, they are an avariciuos, greedy Set of People. I think Yo. was wrong in giving em all horses. I fear it will be expected by others. Im much plagued and troubld to please em. Mr. Mercer writes he has engagd a No. of Servts. I wrote Yo. to engage no more till I see where to get Money to Pay em. There is none to be had from the Treasury; however, if he can keep the paymt off till Aprill, I hope then to supply him for those he has enlisted, but desire him to purchase no more. I am sorry that Gent. cd not understand Yr Directn in regard to the Ambrozures, &c. No doubt Yo. made a Draft of the Works for his Conduct.

Youve acted proper in evacuating no more forts than was necessary to reinforce the two Garrisons. Ive the return of yr Strength wch [I] shall transmit to Ld Loudoun. Great Clamours here agst the many officers in Commissn to command so few Men, and I dare say Ld Loudoun will take Notice of it. I wish Yo. had a better supply of Tools. Your Lre of the 14th I shall answer by Jenkins, whom I detain till my Express arrives from Myld. I expect him daily, as he left N. York the 9th of this Mo. I shall then be more able to write Yo. In the meantime, I remn,

Sr, Yr hble servt.


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