George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 28 June 1778

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Freehold [N.J.] 1½ mile from Monmouth Court House,
[28 June 1778] ½ past 10, OClock A.M.

Dr Sir

By Intelligence this moment received, which may be depended on The Enemy’s front, three hours ago, was within two Miles of the heights, beyond Van marters Mills,1 moving with a quick pace—Col: Lawrence say’s, tis now beyond a doubt, they intend for the Watering-place—& that this Eveng, they will get into perfect security—The Enemy have left the Court House, I am just informed by Express. I have the honor to be your Excellency’s most Ob. St

P. Dickinson

I am ⟨expectg⟩ the troops to march on the ⟨illegible⟩.


1Chrineyonce Van Mater (1747–1803), a farmer who had some trouble with the New Jersey authorities because of his Loyalist sympathies, owned the mills (also known as Taylor’s Mills), which apparently were located a few miles northeast of Monmouth Court House on the road to Middletown.

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