George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Lettis Hooper, Jr., 20 May 1778

To Robert Lettis Hooper, Jr.

Head Quarters Valley Forge 20th May 1778


I expect Capt. Hutchins of New Hampshire with three Waggons load of Stores from Boston will be at Easton in a few days. Inclosed you have a letter for him, which directs him to proceed to Reading where he will be releived by another party.1

Be pleased to inform me, by Express, of Capt. Hutchins’s arrival at Easton, that the Releif may be ready to meet him at Reading. I am Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, ViLGu; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW’s signature on the cover of the LS has been clipped.

1GW enclosed his letter of this date to Capt. Nathaniel Hutchins: “You are to proceed as far as Reading with the three Waggons under your Charge. Upon your arrival there, you will find a party to releive you and escort the Waggons to York Town. The Canteens are to be delivered to the Qr Mr at Reading, from whence you are to march to Camp with the detatchment under your command” (DLC:GW). For the purpose of these orders, see William Heath to GW, 4 May, and GW to Heath, this date.

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