George Washington wrote this letter to George William Fairfax to inform him of Major Grant's unfortunate expedition to Fort Duquesne. Washington describes the circumstances of the attack, the significant number of men and officers killed, and concludes:

"It is with infinite pleasure I tell you that the Virginians, Officers and Men, distinguished themselves in the most eminent manner - that the General has Complimented me publickly on their good behaviour, and that every Mouth resounds their Praises. The Highlanders and them are become one People, shaking each other by the hand wherever they meet tho. perfect stranger's."

This letter is published in W. W. Abbot, ed., THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: COLONIAL SERIES, vol. 6 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1988), 38-41.


ALS (Autograph Letter Signed) One large sheet of paper is folded in half to create four pages. Three pages contain the text of the letter, and the fourth page (verso when closed) serves as the letter cover. Watermark, center of opened sheet, perpendicular to the text of the letter. Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 318.


September 25, 1758




Ink, laid paper


Overall (open): 8 7/8 in. x 14 3/8 in. (22.54 cm x 36.51 cm)
Other (closed): 8 7/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (22.54 cm x 18.42 cm)

Credit Line

Mount Vernon Collection


On second page, six lines of text are circled in graphite:
The Floor of my Passage …. & promise of sending them up


On third page, at end of text, in brown ink:
Your Most Obed. Hble Servt / Go. Washington

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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