Correspondence of Governor Sharpe. 115
[Lord Colville to Sharpe.]
I have received your Letter of the 18th of last October,
directed on his Majestys Service to Vice Admiral Holburne.
I heartily joyn with you in being extreamly sorry, that it is not
in your Power to supply us with a few Seamen to recruit the
Squadron under my Command. Give me leave however to
thank you for your Endeavours to do it; and as I am per-
swaded you will be glad of any opportunity to forward his
Majesty's Sea Service, beg the favour of you to send us some
Stout Landmen, not under the Age of 18 nor above 34. For-
give the freedom I take with you. 1 hope it may be justified,
as proceeding from the mutual Confidence, which must neces-
sarily subsist, between good Servants of the same Master,
anxiously endeavouring to forward their Country's Cause
l am Sr
Your most Obedient and
most humble Servant
Northumberland at Colville
Halifax 22 Decemr 1757.
His Excellency Horatio Sharpe Esqr
[Dinwiddie to Sharpe.]
Williamsburg Decr 24th 1757.
Your favo by Colo Hunter I duly recd I am heartily sorry
for the unaccountable misbehavior of Your Assembly; their
ill timed Parsimony is intolerably wrong judg'd, but as you
daily expected Lord Loudoun, I hope he will make them sen-
sible of their Duty at this Time, when we are so frequently
insulted by a barbarous & implacable Enemy; I sincerely wish
you may surmount all these Difficulties.
This Express goes with a Packet to his Lordship, & I
embrac'd the Oppty to acquaint You that I have taken my
Passage for London in the Baltimore Cl Crookshanks, & if
any Comands Home pray send them imediately, as I expect
to sail in eight or ten Days.
Wishing You Health & Happiness
Your Excell's most obedt