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INTERIM BETWEEN THE 2 JOURNEYS


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17 January 1754 to 30 March 1754

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January 16, 1754

 Washington arrives  in Williamsburg.  Lt Gov Dinwiddie immediately asks him to prepare a written report for the House of Burgesses.  Washington reports to Dinwiddie that the French intended to stay.

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Source – Douglas Southall Freeman, George Washington: A Biography, Young Washington, vol. 1, New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948, page 338.

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January 17, 1754 

Preface to the Journal Major George Washington wrote:  “There intervened 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;”

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January 21, 1754

The French Commander’s letter given to Major Washington, Adjutant of the Southern Dept, is printed in the Council to the Governor’s minutes.  A translation is also printed here.  — Source is the upper chamber, The Council to the Governor, pages 458-460.

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14 Feb 1754 

Dinwiddie cuts short the recess.  He calls a new session of  the House of Burgesses.  He gives a spirited address to the House of Burgesses about the French Threat and about George Washington’s findings.

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15 Feb. 1754  

Washington’s journal was delivered to the House of Burgesses,

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21 Feb 1754

The burgesses voted the sum of £50 to George Washington.  But  before voting on money for Washington, a knife stabbing needed to be taken care of.  See Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1752-1755, page 182, Thursday 21 February 1754 (babel.hathitrust.org)

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The journal was printed in various colonial newspapers.

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21 & 28 Mar. 1754  

Maryland. Gazette  and here

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16 April–21 May 1754 

Boston Gazette

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And New York Mercury,

Pennsylvania Gazette and

South-Carolina Gazette

 discussed here.

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A British edition was issued in London later that same year, for which Washington sent materials for the preparation of a map.

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June 1754

The first British edition was printed by Thomas Jefferys, an engraver from England’s Board of Trade,  appearing with a map not included in the Williamsburg printing.  See Mount Vernon link for source.

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Founders Online review of interim leading up to this 2nd journey

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February-March 1754 

letter from Washington to Corbin, Royal Council member: “…you gave me some room to hope for a commission above that of a Major, and to be ranked among the chief officers of this expedition…”

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20 March 1754  

Lieutenant Colonel’s commission from Dinwiddie

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First Journey to “Ohio Country”


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31 October 1753 to 16 January 1754

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See link on 1st Journey

See link on 1753 Christmas

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Washington delivers message to French to leave. The story in this excellent link  is printed in London and was printed in Maryland Gazette 21 & 28 March 1754 and the Boston Gazette 16 April–21 May 1754.

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SECOND ADVENTUROUS EXPEDITION


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31 March 1754 to 27 June 1754 

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Views of Washington’s journal:

1. Founders Online Washington’s journal  of the 2nd expedition.

2. Library of Congress Washington Diaries link of same.

3. Archive.org page turner of same, published 1893

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