George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General James Potter, 1 December 1777

To Brigadier General James Potter

Head quarters [Whitemarsh, Pa.] Decr 1st 1777


Since Mr Tilghman’s Letter of last Evening to you, I have advice from the City which convinces me that the Enemy do not propose coming out as we then expected1—I therefore wish that if you will not have cross’d the Schuylkill before you receive this, you may remain on the other Side for some time longer—If the Bridge lately built should have suffer’d any Damage by the late Rains, you will get your men to repair it, & put in the best order you can, as it is highly probable the Troops may soon have to cross over it, which must be kept perfectly Secret. I am Sir Your mo. Obed. servt

Go: Washington

LS (photocopy), in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW. The addressed cover indicates this letter was sent “per Express.”

1Tench Tilghman’s letter to Potter of 30 Nov., apparently written at GW’s headquarters, has not been identified. The intelligence received at headquarters on 1 Dec. is probably that contained in John Clark, Jr.’s letter to GW of that date.

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