George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General William Maxwell, 11 May 1778

From Brigadier General William Maxwell

Cross Roads [Pa.] 11th [May] at 9 oclock 1778


I am now at the Cross roads refreshing the Men Major Haws sent me a light horse by way of crooked Billet that he was near there on his way to joyn me with the Cannon and Provisions I have heard nothing certain from Trenton or Bordenton to day but some flying reports that the Enemy was gone back when I get farther Inteligen[c]e I will inform you and am your Excellencys most obedient Humble Servant

Wm Maxwell

N.B. I find the party is 1 ½ miles from me refreshing them selves I am sending the light horse for the Artillery & Proviss. and will set off when they come and order the party to follow me.1


ALS, DLC:GW. The letter is docketed “Ansd,” but no reply from GW has been found.

1Maxwell had been ordered to intercept the British party that burned two American frigates at Bordentown, N.J., but the British returned to Philadelphia before Maxwell could find them (see Stephen Moylan to GW, 7 May, and note 3).

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