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From George Washington to Major General Israel Putnam, 28 July 1777

To Major General Israel Putnam

4 Miles East of Flemingtown [N.J.] July the 28. 1777

Dr Sir

We have certain advices that part of the Enemy’s Fleet, Viz. Seventy Sail were beating off Little Egg Harbour on Saturday morning with a Southerly Wind. From this Event, there seems to be but little room to doubt but that their destination is into Delaware Bay and against the City of Philadelphia. I am now to request that the Two Brigades which I mentiond some time ago, to come this way in case Genl Howe turned his views towards Philadelphia, may be ordered to pass the River immedeately with All their Baggage & to hold themselves in readiness to march in a moment on your receiving further Orders from me. They will take the Rout through Morris Town (should they be ordered to proceed & from thence to Coryels Ferry where they will cross the Delaware[)]—You will direct the Brigadrs Genls or Commanding Officers to perform their March after they begin it, as expeditiously as they possibly can without injuring the Troops & to prevent every violation of property belonging to the Inhabitants by the Soldiery. I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obed. set.

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Putnam received this letter on 29 July (see Jedediah Huntington to Jabez Huntington, 29 July–1 Aug., in Conn. Hist. Soc. Col. description begins Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society. 31 vols. Hartford, 1860–1967. description ends , 20:357–58).

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