Washington, George (1732-1799)
Washington, George (1732-1799) Letter signed, August 10, 1777, as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, Camp near German Town, one page, concerning the movements of Howe and the confusion as to his potential movements and plans, the postscript ordering the removal of all provisions if he were to land, (silked, old repairs, edges brittle). Text in full:
Camp near German Town: 1777
I was honored yesterday with your letter of the 7th inst. and a the same time with two from Gen. Heath, the first containing similar advices to those you were pleased to transmit--The latter of the 2 just giving us further accounts of the Fleet, and discrediting the report as prematurely founded. I can only express my thanks for your attention in this instance, and assure you, I shall consider myself much obliged by your advising me by the earliest Opportunity of the arrival or certain appearance of any Fleet on your Coast or of any other intelligence, that you may conceive important and interesting--
Since Gen. Howe left the Capes of Delaware with his Fleet, on the Night of Thursday, six nights, we have not obtained any account of him, nor can we fix his destination with any certainty or satisfaction by reasoning on the Subject--'till he sailed from Sandy Hook, I had no doubt in my own mind, but that he would have pushed up the North River to cooperate with Gen. Burgoyne. His expedition to the Capes of Delaware and departure again without further information of him, have put us all into a state of conjecture, as to the line of conduct he means to pursue. Whatever it is, I hope eventually, he will be disappointed.
I have the Honor to be
with great respect
Your most Obedient
PS. If Gen. Howe should arrive on your Coast and make dispositions for landing, I would recommend that all Cattle and every species of Provision may be removed out of his reach--Also all Teams and Carriages to prevent him penetrating the Country if such should be his design--You will readily perceive the propriety of this measure and I am persuaded will put into execution.