George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Pennsylvania Council of Safety, 9 December 1776

From the Pennsylvania Council of Safety

In Council of Safety Philada 9th Decemr 1776
half past eight OClock P.M.


We have undoubted inteligence that a body of the Enemys Light horse was at a place called the Cross Roads about 9 Mile above Burlington and a report prevails that an advanced party are at Burlington,1 from circumstances it may be too true, we therefore wish to call your Excellencies attention to a ferry about 4 Miles below Burlington called Dunks ferry where the River is narrow and may afford the Enemy a better chance to pass and cut off the communication between this City and your Army than any other on the River2—we intend to Order one (and the only one that is now here) of the Gallies up to that place to interrupt their passage if they should attempt it, we submit to your excellency the propriety of Ordering the Galleys down towards that pass, if you should approve it you will please to give Orders accordingly.

By order of Council

Tho. Wharton junr Presidt


1This crossroads may be Bordentown, N.J., which is about ten miles up the Delaware River from Burlington, or Crosswicks, N.J., which is about fifteen miles northeast of Burlington.

2Dunk’s Ferry, which was established as early as 1675, crossed the Delaware four miles down the river from the Burlington-Bristol ferry.

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