George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Horatio Gates, 18 June 1778

To Major General Horatio Gates

Head Quarters Valley Forge 18 June 1778. 2 O’clock P.M.


This morning about sun-rise the rear of the enemies army evacuated Philadelphia. To-day and to-morrow morning, our whole army will move towards the Delaware; and should the enemy march rapidly thro’ the Jersey, I shall proceed Northward as expeditiously as possible. My movements however will be influenced by theirs.

In your quarter you will take the proper measures on this occasion; and let me particularly recommend to your attention the great object of provisions. I am Sir your obedt & very hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, NHi: Gates Papers; Df, DLC:GW; copy, Ct: Trumbull Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. For the enclosures to this letter, see Gates to GW, 22 June.

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