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Letter from Robert Dinwiddie to Matthew Rowan
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1693-1770
March 23, 1754
Volume 05, Page 111

[Reprinted from Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. 1. P. 125.]

Governor Dinwiddie to Mr. Rowan, President of North Carolina. Mar. 23, [1754.]


Since closing my Let'r of this date, I have examin'd into our Magaz'e, and find we have only 300 small Arms remain'g, that I hope You will be able to supply Y'r Regim't in Your own Colony. We allow no Bedding to the Soldiers, but send Tents with them; we are also deficient in them, but I propose having some made. I found our Magazine very short of Warlike Instrum'ts, not having any Cutlasses, but Bayonets for the Arms.

I remain, with very great Esteem,
Y'r Hon'rs most humble Serv't.

P. S. Our Forces are not to be p'd agreeable to the Act of Assembly in pay'g the Militia, but as Volunteers, w'ch accordingly as in my Other Letter, their Pay is establish'd.