George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Bryan, 18 June 1778

To George Bryan

Head Qrs [Valley Forge]
½ after 11 A.M. June 18th 1778


I have the pleasure to inform you, that I was this minute advised by Mr Roberts’s,1 that the Enemy evacuated the City early this morning. He was down at the Middle ferry on this side, where he received the intelligence from a number of Citizens, who were on the opposite shore. The destruction of the Bridge prevented him passing. I have not yet had any Official accounts on the subject, but there are many in corroboration of Mr Roberts’s. I congratulate you very heartily on this interesting event and have the Honor to be in haste Sir Yr Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

P.S. A Letter from Capt. McClean dated in Philadelphia, this minute came to hand confirming the evacuation.2

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, in private hands; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This apparently was George Roberts (1737–1821), a Philadelphia merchant who may have been riding at the head of an irregular cavalry formation.

2Capt. Allen McLane’s letter has not been found.

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