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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1757-1761
Volume 9, Page 299   View pdf image (33K)
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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe. 299

Month that His Excellency might be at Liberty to strengthen
the Rear of his Army with all the Virga Forces that had been
left at that place. Being joined on the Day appointed by 220,
on the 8th of Septr I marched with them from Fort Cumber-
land where I expected we should arrive about the time that
the General had proposed to be at Raes Town & I flattered
Myself that he was then determined & would be able to leave
that place & proceed towards Fort Du Quesne as soon as the
Virginians from Fort Cumberland should join him & long
before the End of that month. I am sorry however to inform
you that I was greatly disappointed in my Expectations &
that soon after I reached Fort Cumberland I received Advice
that it would not be possible for the Army to move on untill
they should receive large Supplies of Provisions concerning
which Orders had been some time given but almost all the
Waggons & Horses which had been employed from the
Beginning of the Campaign were rendered unfit for farther
Service nor could the Contractors or Sr Iohn St Clair prevail
on the Inhabitants to Enter others till late in Octr when the
Assembly of Pensa at Sr Iohn's Sollicitation passed an Act
whereby the Civil Officers were impowered to compel the
Inhabitants to furnish as many as should be demanded.
Notwithstanding I soon perceived after my Arrival at Fort
Cumberland that my Presence there could be of little or no
Service to the General while he continued at Raes Town yet
as he seemed to flatter himself with hopes that the Horses &
Waggons which were wanted would be collected in much less
time than others expected I continued there till the 10th of
Octr but the Militia or Voluntiers that were with me being
then sickly & impatient to return home I resigned up the
Fort to an Officer that had the Command of about a hundred
Invalids whom the Virginians had left in the Hospital & most
of whom were now pretty well recovered. While I was at
Fort Cumberland two of my Officers were killed by an unlucky
Accident which I cannot well account for but it was surprizing
more of us did not perish by it as you will judge I believe if
you read in the inclosed Gazette the Paragraph that follows
the Account of the Action that happened near Fort Du Quesne
the 14th of Septr last which seems to be the most particular
Account that we have received of that unhappy Affair. The
Gentn of the Council having advised me to give the Assembly
an Opportunity of continuing a favourite Act for the Inspec-
tion of Tobacco which was about to expire I was obliged to
return home from the Frontiers before the 23d of last month
ever since which time our Assembly has been sitting but from
their Behaviour I am inclined to think that I shall have as
little Reason to be satisfied with their Proceedings this Ses-
Letter Bk. III

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