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From George Washington to Major General Philemon Dickinson, 1 October 1777

To Major General Philemon Dickinson

Head Quarters [Skippack, Pa.] 1st October 1777

Dear Sir

The vast quantity of Stores of different kinds that are accumulated at Trenton will make it a work of some time to remove them, and if they are left intirely uncovered it may tempt the Enemy to send up a light party to destory them. I shall therefore be glad if you will endeavour to throw in a Body1 of your Militia to mount a guard over the Stores till they are removed.

I must leave the Number to you as I do not know what disposition you have made of your force. I would only hint that the importance of the Stores is such that I could wish it may be as respectable as possible. I am &c.

Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1At this place on the draft manuscript, Tilghman first wrote “few Hundred.” He then struck out those words and wrote “Body” above the line.

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