Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hanson Harrison to John Hancock
Chads Ford [Pa.]
Sepr 11th 1777. ¾ after 8 OClock A.M.1
The Enemy are now advancing. Their present appearance indicates a disposition to pursue this Route. If they do, I trust, they will meet with a suitable reception and such as will establish our Liberties. They are now advanced near the Brandiwine & have fired Several peices of Artillery.2 I am Sir with great respect Yr Most Obedt Servt
Rob: H: Harrison
ALS, DNA:PCC, item 152; ADfS, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The time of day is not included on the draft or the Varick transcript. Congress read this letter later on this date and referred it to the committee of intelligence (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 8:731–32).
1. On the ALS manuscript the number “8” is written over the number “9.”
2. Harrison is referring to the advance of Knyphausen’s column toward Chadds Ford.