George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel John Bailey, 16 November 1777

From Colonel John Bailey

Hardwick N. Jersy 16th Novr 17771

Dear General

I am continuing my march to Join Your Excellency Near Philadelphia with Genl Learneds Brigade, being about seven hundred & seventy Including officers, & a Company of Artilery, with 1 Brass four Pounder & 1. 5 Inch howitzier—Expect to Arrive at Carels Ferry, by the 20th Inst: where I purpose to Cross, & Continue my March to Head Quarters—Unless otherwise Ordered by your Excellency—For the want of Cloathing Sickness &ca, was obliged [to] leave three hundred men at Goshen—Expect them on in a few days. I am Dear General with due Respect Your Most Obed. Servt

Jno. Bailey Colo. Commandant

P.S. the 300 at Goshen are not Included in the bove.

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW. The cover, which indicates that Bailey sent this letter “per Express,” is docketed in part “answd 10th,” but GW’s reply is dated 19 November.

1Hardwick Township was located in Warren County, New Jersey. The villages of Marksboro, Paulina, and Johnsonburg all fell within its borders, which by the 1830s included over 24,000 acres.

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