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Governor Robert Dinwiddie to Captain Robert Stewart, December 9, 1757

extracted from

The Official Records of Robert Dinwiddie, Volume II, R. A. Brock, editor
(Richmond: Virginia Historical Society, 1884), page 720.


Governor Dinwiddie to Captain Stewart.
Decr 9th, 1757.

Sir:

Yrs of the 2d I reced, and observe its Contents. Yo. cant possibly think it proper to go to the Nowd unless yr station at Fort Loudoun be duely supplied. Majr Lewis cant leave his Comand in Augusta, and unless Waggoners Fort be supplied with a proper Person I cant advise his leaving of it, and as I am a Stranger to that part of the Country I must again refer it to Colo. Washington, and what he does will meet with my Approbation, but at the same Time consider if it will not be disagreeable to Ld Loudoun to leave the frontrs if the different Forts are not commanded by good Officers, and Ld Loudoun is not yet come to his Winter Qrs, but is now at Ft Edward, wch will be a long Journey. However, as above, I leave it to Colo. Washington. Im glad to hear Cox and Lane got safe in to Capt. McKenzies Fort, and their Skirmish shews the Necessity of Detachments from all the Forts to be out in Ranging Parties, wch at times may probably find some of the Enemy in their Lurking Places; and this Duty I have frequently recommended and ordered, and Im Convinced it woud prove of essential Service. I shall be glad to hear of Capt. McKenzies Return, as it will be attended with Danger. Yo. do not mention the No. that marchd with him. As the Man-of-War I expected to accommodate me home is not yet arrived, it makes my Departure very uncertain. I wish yo. Health, and I rema.,

Sr, Yr hble Servt.


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