To Colonel John Cadwalader
McKenkey’s Ferry [Pa.]
25th Decr 1776 Six oClock P.M.
Notwithstanding the discouraging Accounts I have received from Col: Reed of what might be expected from the Operations below, I am determined, as the night is favourable, to cross the River, & make the attack upon Trenton in the Morning. If you can do nothing real, at least create as great a diversion as possible. I am Sir your most obt Servant
Copy, in John Cadwalader’s writing, PHi: Cadwalader Collection.