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The Storm Arising in the West George Washington From the Maryland Gazette, March 21 and March 28, 1754 The Storm arising in the West, being the present Topic of Conversation, we think that we can not oblige our Readers, at this Juncture, with anything more entertaining than Major Washington's Journal Journal to Ohio, who was sent last Fall, by the Governor of Virginia, to the Commandant of the French Forces there. (Major Washington introduces his Journal with an Advertisement, with which we likewise present our Readers). From a Copy just Printed in Williamsburg. *** ADVERTISEMENT As it was thought adviseable by his Honour the Governor to have the following Account of my Proceedings to and from the French on Ohio, committed to Print, I think I can do no less than apologize, in some Measure, for the numberless Imperfections of it. There interspersed but one Day between my Arrival in Williamsburg and the Time for the Council's Meeting, for me to prepare and transcribe, from the rough Minutes I had taken in my Travels, this Journal: The writing of which only was sufficient to emply me closely the Whole Time, consequently admitted of no Leisure to consult of a new and proper Form to offer it in, or to correct or amend the Diction of the old; neither was I apprised, or did in the least conceive, when I wrote this for his Honour's perusal, that it ever would be published or even have more than a cursory Reading; till I was informed, at the Meeting of the present General Assembly, that it was already in the Press. There is nothing can recommend it to the Public, but this. Those Things which came under the Notice of my own Observation, I have been explicit and just in a Recital of: — Those which I have gathered from Report, I have been particularly cautious not to augment, but Collected the Opinions of the several Intelligencers, and selected from the whole, the most probable and consistent Account. G. WASHINGTON *** Major GEORGE WASHINGTON's Journal to the River OHIO, etc Wednesday, October 31, 1753 I was commissioned and appointed by the Honourable Robert Dinwiddie, Esq, Governor, Etc. of Virginia, to visit and deliver a Letter to the Commandant of the French Forces on the Ohio, and set out on the intended Journey the same Day; the next, I arrived Fredericksburg, and engaged Mr. Jacob Van Braam, to be my French Interpreter; and proceeded with him to Alexandria, where we provided Necessaries; from whence we went to Winchester, and got luggage, Horse, Etc. and from thence we pursued the new Road to Wills Creek, where we arrived the 14th of November. Here I engaged Mr. Gist to pilot us out, and also hired four others as Servitors, Barnaby Currin, and John MacQuire, Indian Traders, Henry Steward, and William Jenkins, and in Company with those Persons, left the Inhabitants the Day following.
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