George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Horatio Gates, 20 June 1778

To Major General Horatio Gates

June 20th 1778 4 O’clock P.M.


I think it necessary to inform you by the return of the express who brought your packet for Congress,1 that I am now with the main body of the army within ten miles of Coryells ferry. General Lee is advanced with six brigades, and will cross to-night, or early to-morrow morning—By the last intelligence the enemy were near Mount-Holly, and moving on very slowly—but as there are so many roads open to them, their route could not be ascertained. I shall enter the Jersey to-morrow, and give you the earliest notice of their movements, or whatever may affect you.

I would just observe, again, that as forage and provisions will be objects of the utmost importance, they will therefore claim your attention. I am Sir, Your very hble servt

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, NHi: Gates Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Gates to Henry Laurens, 17 June (DNA:PCC, item 154).

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