GW was in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a second letter from Va. Lt. Gov. Robert Dinwiddie which discussed the governor’s efforts to secure pay for GW’s troops. There was some unrest and misconduct among GW’s troops who were awaiting payment for their services to the Commonwealth for some time. This unrest was so great that a few men deserted. Dinwiddie urged GW to round up the deserters and “make an example of the ringleaders.”
Accompanying the letter was a £600 payment to be distributed to the soldiers of GW’s regiment and ease the trouble.