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Since my last, one man was killed by the Indians near the mouth of Cross Creek. I suppose this hath been done by some of the enemy's spies. The country has taken the alarm, and several hundred men are now in arms upon the frontier. I hope to be able to repel the enemy. The Maryland corps was stationed at a post on the frontier of Westmoreland county, and have in a body deserted and crossed the mountains. Indeed, I am apprehensive the other corps will soon follow their example, if their sufferings are not speedily attended to.
I have sent spies up the Alleghany, with orders to proceed to Presque Isle, and further, if it is practicable, to discover the enemy, should they actually be on that route, and, if possible, to bring me a prisoner. Things here are in the utmost confusion ; some officers confessing me to be the Commanding Officer, and others. Colonel Gibson ; nor is it likely they will alter until your Excellency's pleasure is expressed, I have the honor to be, with the most sincere attachment and respect.
Your Excellency's most obedient servant,
- Daniel Brodhead
- Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Volume III., Jared Sparks, 1853