GEORGE WASHINGTON IN THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR!
The New-York Mercury
Monday, May 3, 1756
This excessively rare Colonial newspaper contains an anxious report that the French and their Indian allies are pushing hard on the frontiers, killing and scalping on the way, and concern is growing among the British and American Colonials. In what would be termed today as “Breaking News,” “Col. (George) Washington is endeavouring to collect some of the Militia together; with whom, and what Soldiers are here, he intends to scour the Woods, and find them out, if possible. If he does, I hope it will deter them (the enemy) from coming again soon, as we shall have several good Woodsmen with us, who are so dextrous with their Rifles, that they generally make sure of their Mark.”
The front page begins with, “An ACT for the more speedy levying of Soldiers for the Expedition against Crown Point.” It’s quite interesting to read, let me tell you! From Capt. Waggoner’s Fort in Virginia, there is a report that Lt. John Bacon “was kill’d and scalp’d by the Indians about 4 or 5 Miles from Cumberland Fort….” and more killings and scalpings. Other news tells of a meeting with the “Heads of many different Nations of Indians, at Onondago…” in order to incorporate the tribes with the Mohawks to strengthen their forces, and “….to secure and impede the former from murdering any more of our People, as ’tis evident they formerly practised.”
4 pages, folio, and in very fine condition which is special as I seldom find any papers from this era in such nice shape. Reports of George Washington in the French and Indian War are highly sought-after by collectors of autographs, manuscripts and newspapers. Plus, this paper will keep you up nights!