George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General William Heath, 7 December 1776

To Major General William Heath

Trenton December 7. 1776


You are upon Receipt of this to cross the North River with the Troops under your Command in the Continental Service to wit Parsons’s Brigade1 & move on so as to give all possible Protection to the Country & Vigour to the Cause. If you could move on towards Morris Town in New Jersey it would be best, as by this Means a Junction may be made if necessary & at all Events such a Movement would attract Attention. I am in Haste Your Obed. Hbble Serv.

Go: Washington

LS, in Joseph Reed’s writing, MHi: Heath Papers; copy, MHi: Heath Papers.

1On the manuscript of the LS, the words “to wit Parsons’s Brigade” are inserted above the line in GW’s writing.

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