George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General David Forman, 29 September 1777

To Brigadier General David Forman

Camp Pennybackers Mill [Pa.] 29th Sepr 1777.


I recd yours of yesterday from the Buck Tavern, desiring my orders for your Rout. I wrote to you yesterday by Cornet Russworm directing you to march to North Wales Meeting and from thence to Wentzs upon the Skippack Road, but lest that should have missed you I now confirm the order and desire you may follow it. When you arrive at Wentzs you will probably be in the Neighbourhood of this Army as we shall move that way tomorrow should the day be fair.1 I am Sir Yr most obt Servt.

Copy, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Neither Forman’s letter to GW of 28 Sept. nor GW’s reply to him of that date has been found. William Russworm (Rushworm; c.1757–c.1793), who had been a second lieutenant in the 3d North Carolina Regiment from April to June 1777, was at this time a cornet in the North Carolina Dragoons. A court-martial in May 1778 acquitted Russworm of an unspecified offense (see GW to Morgan Connor, 12 May 1778, DLC:GW). Peter Wentz (1719–1793) lived in a two-story stone house, three-fourths of a mile from Centre Point on the Skippack Road in Worcester Township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) County, Pennsylvania. GW’s headquarters was at Wentz’s house from 2 to 3 Oct. and from 16 to 20 October.

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