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Letters from George Washington

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Sir: You are ordered, immediately upon receipt hereof, to march with your own company (which by regulation has the one that was Capt. Bronaughs added to it) to the plantation of Capt. Dickensen on the Cow-Pasture; and to persue the following rout, vist. First you are to go up the south fork; thence to the head of the Cow-Pasture River, and thence down the same to Dickenson's, where you are to halt `till joined by Major Lewis, and Draughts sent by him to strengthen your company; or till you recieve orders from the Major, what to do, if he shou'd not be there himself. That he may have timely notice of your coming to Dickensons; you are to despatch an express to him at Agusta Courthouse, so soon as you begin your march. I expect you will make but little halt at Dickensons, as your place of destination is Voss's, on Roanoake, to relieve the company that is posted there. Not knowing what may intervene at this distance, to render other orders necessary: You are as above, to receive directions from the Major, who is ordered to command the detachment of the regiment in that quarter. And to him you are, till further orders, to apply for instructions in anything you may require. You are also to send your returns (agreeably to my general instructions herewith sent you) to him; who is to send them with his own and Capt. Spotswoods, to me. As you will recieve new kettles from the public stores (to be delivered by Major Lewis) I have desired Capt. Waggener to call in all the old ones, pots, ect., which were made use of in yours and Bronaugh's late company; and to send them to this place, and I desire you will be punctual in seeing this done, as well as in seeing that great care is taken of the kettles. As the Fort which Capt. Hogg is building, and to which you are going, has, either thro' bad conduct in the director, idleness in the workman, or thro' some other cause which I can not comprehend, been of infinitely more expense to the country. and much longer about, than was ever expected, you are required to finish it with the utmost dispatch; and that in any manner, however rough, if it will secure you upon attack. You are for further instructions referred to the general instructions herewith delivered to you.
(Signed) Geo. Washington


Memo: To Robert Dinwiddie, Sept. 17, 1757
The monthly returns for July I find so unintelligible by reasons of some mistake in Captn's Spottswood's and Woodward's return, that I am ashamed to send them; 'till the mistakes are rectified.

Memo: To Major Francis Halkett, May 11, 1758
If you please to observe that Capt. Woodward's return is made out from his last, as his great distance from hence puts it out of his power to send it in due time.

Memo: To John Blair, May 28, 1758
Capt. McKenzie, Lt. Gist, Mr. Woodward, with many others have adventured far into enemy's country.

Memo: To Sir John St. Clair, June 23, 1758
I expect to march tomorrow, agreeably to my orders; Woodward's Company of the first Regiment, covered the Artificers of the 2nd, and left the 22nd, to open the road from hence to Pearsalls, which, by information, is almost impassable.

Memo: To Henry Boquet, Aug. 24, 1758
Capt. Woodward of the First Regiment, 3 subs and rank and file, marches tomorrow with 12 days provn's to way lay the road.

Memo: Sept. 2, 1758(Washington)
I have heard nothing from Capt. Woodward's party.

Descendants of Capt. Henry Woodward