Order to Continental Officers
Bethlehem,1September 22, 1777
Having here observed a diligent attention to the sick and wounded, and a benevolent desire to make the necessary provi sion for the relief of the distressed as far as the power of the Brethren enable them,
We desire that all Continental officers may refrain from disturbing the persons or property of the Moravians in Bethlehem; and, particularly, that they do not disturb or molest the houses where the women are assembled.
Given under our hands at the place and time above mentioned.
Richard Henry Lee,
Delegates to Congress.
printed: (PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. description ends ), 13:71–72 (April 1889), from extracts from diaries in the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, Penna.
1. Members of the congress had hastily left Philadelphia in the early morning of 19 Sept., when they were warned of Gen. Howe’s approach. To ensure the safety of the papers of the congress, some of them took a circuitous route by way of Bristol, Trenton, Easton, Bethlehem, and Reading to Lancaster, to which place the congress was adjourned; within two or three days the members moved to York (JA to AA, 30 Sept., Adams Family Correspondence description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1963-. description ends , 2:349–350; JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 8:754–756).