George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Benedict Arnold, 20 June 1778

From Major General Benedict Arnold

Philadelphia 20th June 1778

Dear General,

I arrived here at 11 oClock yesterday Morning, The Rear of the Enemy quited Coopers Ferry last Evening.

Inclosed is the latest and only Intelligence which can be depended on, which I am favor’d with by Mr Budinot.1 I have order’d a Boat down the River and Horsemen to discover the Enemys Ships and watch their Motions, no Exertions shall be wanting to gain Intelligence, which shall be forwarded to your Excellency as early as possible.

If no orders are given to Coll Morgans Corps at Radnor, your Excellency may think proper to order them over Coopers Ferry to fall in the Rear of the Enemy. I have the Honor to be, with great Respect & Esteem Dr General Your most obt Humble Servant

B. Arnold

Philada June 20th 1778 Moutton Mortimer from Chirstian Ferry Willmington,2 the last of the Enemies Ships Passed Willmington at 3 OC[l]ock yesterday afternoon this morning two Ships were lying Near ready Island, None, above.

B. Arnold


2Christiana Ferry, where GW ate breakfast on 4 Sept. 1774 (see the Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends entry for that date), crossed Christiana Creek near where that waterway entered the Delaware River below Wilmington. “Moutton Mortimer” may be Morton Morton, who owned an inn at the ferry.

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