Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to John Robinson, September 1, 1758
ing its applause, is now no more! Tis dwindled into ease; Sloth, and fatal inactivity, and in a Word, All is lost, if the ways of Men in power, like the ways of Providence are not Inscrutable; and, why [are] they not? for we who view the Action's of great Men at so vast a distance can only form conjectures agreable to the small extant of our knowledge and ignorant of the comprehensive Schemes intended; mistake, plaugily, in judging by the Lump; this may be, and yet every F—l will have his Notions; prattle and talk away, and pray why may not I?
We seem then, to act under an evil Geni, the conduct of our Leaders (if not actuated by superior Orders) is temper'd with something, I don't care to give a name to, indeed I will go further, and say they are d—ps, or something worse to P—s—v—n Artifice, to whose selfish views I attribute the miscarriage of this Expedition, for nothing now but a Miracle can bring this Campaigne to a happy Issue.
In my last I told you (I think) that I had employ'd my little abilities in opposing the measures then concerting. To do this I not only represented the advanc'd Season, the difficulties of cutting a new Road over these Mountain's; the little time left for that Service, the Moral certainty of its obstructing our March, and the miscarriage of the Expedition consequent thereupon, but endeavour'd to represent also the great struggle
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- George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 5, April 27 - Dec. 30, 1758
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- Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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- MSS 44693: Reel 005
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