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Governor Robert Dinwiddie to Mr. Atkin, June 24, 1757

extracted from

The Official Records of Robert Dinwiddie, Volume II, R. A. Brock, editor
(Richmond: Virginia Historical Society, 1884), pages 654-655.


656 Governor Dinwiddie to Mr. Atkin.
June 24th, 1757.

Sir:

I wrote You by Mr. Boyd and sent Yo. £ 240 for Yo. to dispose of in paying for Scalps, &c. Our Act of Assembly on that head is to pay 10 £ immediately for each Scalp, and £ 30 more the next Session of Assembly. Iím of Opinín they regulated this Paymít on Purpose for our own People. However, the Indians may receive the £ 10, and on their Certificate may have Goods of the Merchíts on Cr. Of being Ďd the next Session. This act is not agreeable, but as no fund was appropriated for paying the reward for Scalps, they contrivíd this. Yo. may pay the Moníy sent, as Yo. see proper. This will [be] delivered Yo. by Mr. Martin, who comes convoy to Cherokees sent to our Assistíce by old Hop. Iíve given each a Gun, wíth some Amunitín, a Shirt, Leggins, Clout, a few hatchets, and other Trifles. They appear to be forward, and greatly incliníd to go to Warr, but their Affairs is entirely at yír Direction. Iím uneasy to hear from Yo. in regard to the Motíns of the French and their Indians. No News from England or the Northwíd since Yo. left this, or are we certain of the arrivall of the forces at Halifax, or Líd Loudounís Departure from N. York; only flying stories, not to be depended on. I wish You health and success in all yír Negotiations with the Indians. With great regard,

I am, Sir, yír most híble servít.


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