George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, 9 July 1777

To the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council

Head Quarters Morris Town July 9th 1777


I find accurate Draughts or Maps of the Country which is or may be the Seat of War so essentially necessary, that I must beg Leave to recommend such a Measure with all possible Expedition, so far as regards the Shores of the Delaware where the Enemy may probably land & march. When the Enemy have once possessed themselves of any Part of the Country every Attempt to delineate it becomes difficult if not wholly impracticable; the Propriety therefore of doing it with all possible Advantage, I trust will be too obvious to your Honourable Board to make it necessary to press it farther.

In the Execution of this Work I would wish the Eminences, Distances of Places Woods, Streams of Water, Marshy Places & Passes may be particularly noted. And that it be done on as large a Scale as is tolerably convenient. I am Gentlemen with due Respect & Regard Your most Obedt & very Hbble Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I scarcely think it necessary to suggest Secrecy & Caution in the Execution of this Work, as its Value & Importance must very much depend not only on the Ability but Fidelity of those to whom it is intrusted.

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, PHi: Gratz Collection; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS is docketed in part “reced July 17. 1777.”

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