George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant General William Howe, 3 December 1776

To Lieutenant General William Howe

Head Quarters [Trenton] 3d Decemr 1776.


The Letter which accompanies this, was designed to have been sent by the Gentlemen whose names are in the List it incloses; but by some Accident or delay of my Messenger they had left Brunswick before it reached them.1 Since that time I have been informed, that a Number of others both Officers and Soldiers are coming on from the State of Pennsylvania.2 I have directed Colo. Moylan to meet and to give them a safe Conduct to your out Posts, he will transmit you a List of their Number, Names & Ranks. And I shall as I mentioned in my former Letter, soon make a Requisition of the Like Number of equal Rank.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; two copies, P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed letter and the list of prisoners that accompanied it have not been identified.

2The words “from the State of Pennsylvania” do not appear in either of the two copies in the Carleton Papers.

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