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We have at last crossed the Delaware, and are agreably lodged in Easton, a little Town, situated on a Point of Land formed by the Delaware on one Side and the River Lehi, on the other. There is an elegant Stone Church here built by the Dutch People, by whom the Town is chiefly inhabited, and what is remarkable because uncommon, the Lutherans and Calvinists united to build this Church, and the...
2General Orders, 24 January 1777 (Washington Papers)
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Letter not found: to Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold, 24 Jan. 1777. On 7 Feb. Arnold wrote GW that “Your favour of the 24th Ulto I had not the pleasure of receiveing untill the 3d Inst.”
I was favd with yrs of the 21st Inst. on Yesterday. Much depends on our taking the Field early with a powerfull force, by which means Victory over the Enemy in the distressed Situation they must be from the severity of this Campain will be certain, & our Affairs will be on so good a footing before any considerable Reinforcement can come to them, that We shall have but little to dread—I am...
I was this morning prepared to Set Out to wait upon Your Excellency; but Mr Morris, Lord Stirling, & General Mifflin, have desired I would remain here to Expedite the March of the Militia daily arriving in this City. As These Gentlemen think I can render the best Service in doing this Duty, I shall continue to execute it until I receive Your Excellencys further Commands. Inclosed is a Letter...
Since my last of the 18th, the Congress have come to the enclosed Resolves, which I do myself the Honour of transmitting for your Information and Direction. They are so explicit as to require no Comment or Illustration. I have wrote, in Obedience to the Order of Congress, to the Council of Safety of this State, to request them to call forth immediately the Militia of the Counties of Cecil,...
I have received the honor of your’s of the 19th Instant. In my last I informed your Excellency of our Arrival in the Neighbourhood of Fort Independence, and of our taking a number of Arms —In stead of 15 at one place, we took upwards of 40, & about as many Blankets. I also mention’d in my last our Intention of Attacking the Hessians at the Bridge, the next day—Every praparation was made & the...
The irregular and disjointed State of the Militia of this province, makes it necessary for me to inform you, that unless a Law is passed by your Legislature to reduce them to some order, and oblige them to turn out in a different Manner from what they have hitherto done, we shall bring very few into the Feild, and even those few, will render little or no Service. Their Officers are generally...
Your Favor of 12 Inst. is now before me, & am Oblig’d to you for your kind Congratulations & professions of Service, which I have not the least reason to doubt—I some time ago heard of your Appointment to the Rank of Brigadr General in the State of Rhode Island, & am certain you will do every thing in your power to support the high Character given of you by Genl Lee & to convince those people...
You would do me Injustice if you supposed that the Appointt of Colo. Lourey to the post of D. C. Genl proceeded from any other Cause than Necessity—I was retarded from crossing the Delaware two days, & when over, was forced, from the want of a sufficient quanty of Provisions, to permit the Troops to victual themselves where they could, No time therefore was to be lost in removing so great an...