George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General James Potter, 18 October 1777

To Brigadier General James Potter

Head Quarters [Worcester Township, Pa.] Octr 18. 1777.


From the intelligence I have received I am persuaded the enemy are about to retreat from Philadelphia, despairing of getting up their shipping.1 I therefore desire you, after sending out the necessary scouts, & satisfying yourself of their situation, to throw yourself down in their way, & in case of their actual retreating, to harass & impede them to the utmost of your power. I shall at the same time advance and pursue with the utmost diligence, if the conjecture should prove true. your obedt servant

Go: Washington

LS, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, DNC.

1This intelligence proved to be erroneous (see GW’s second letter to Potter of 19 Oct., and note 2).

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