George Washington Papers

IV: From Major General John Sullivan, 11 September 1777

From Major General John Sullivan

Brintons Ford [Pa.] Sepr 11th 1777

Dr General

Since I Sent you the message by Major Morris I Saw Maj⟨or⟩ J⟨ose⟩ph Spear of the Militia who Came1 This morning from a Tavern Called Martins on the Forks of Brandywine2 he Came from thence to Welches Tavern & heard nothing of the Enemy about the Forks of the Brandywine & is Confident they are not in that Quarter So that Colo. Hazens Information must be wrong—I have Sent to that Quarter to know whether there is any foundation for the Report & Shall give yr Excy the Earliest Information. Interim I am with Respect yr Excys most obedt Servt

Jno. Sullivan


1At this place on the manuscript Sullivan first wrote: “Last night from.” He then struck out those words.

2Lewis Morris, Jr., was one of Sullivan’s aides-de-camp. Joseph Spear was commissioned major of the 8th Regiment of the Chester County militia on 6 Sept. 1777, and later in the war he became the regiment’s lieutenant colonel. Joseph Martin had operated a tavern in West Bradford Township until February 1776. Also known as the Center House, it apparently was located between the two branches of the Brandywine on a road leading to Taylor’s Ford.

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