Williamsburgh June the 10th 1717 Gentleman I received by the bearer hereof a petition signed by thirty three hands and am sorry to find thereby the apprehensions you are under frome the [Irequos?]. I have sometime since taken measures for preventing their coming on our frontier and securing you against their Alarms by sending a messenger to New York to demand of that Governor the keeping open to the observance of their Peace made with us in the Year 1686 and at the same time with home for his [Majesties?] Order to the Governor of that Province to Oblige those Indians to forbear coming any more on our frontiers and I doubt not in a short time to obtain what I have thus insisted on or about to know where it is we have to [?] to that I may take further measure for the protection of his Majesties Subjects. According to you, I desire [?] to Mr John Hughes to Command such of you as will be willing to range with him for your one Security. But its fitt[ing?] you should know that it is not in my power to establish constant Rangers nor to permit him or you any certain pay that being properly [?] of a Generall Assemby to whom I can only recommend your services for a suitable reward and this you may be assured I shall not fail to do where an assembly meets.
Whereas at the Request of the frontier Inhabts between James River and Pamunkey. I have given you a commission to be [?] of such of this said Inhabts as shall voluntary undertake to Ranger for the Security of the Inhab between the 2 Rivers. You are for yor best guidance in the 2nd Service to Observe the following Instructions