To the Commanding Officer on March from Peekskill, N.Y.
Chester [Pa.] 1st Augt 1777.
I have this Moment recd information that the Enemy’s Fleet have left the Capes of Delaware and have steered Eastward again. You are therefore to return immediately to Peeks kill with the two Brigades under your command. If you should find that the Enemy have thrown any Ships in the passage of the King’s Ferry you must proceed up to New Windsor and cross there. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt
LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, enclosed in GW to John Sullivan, 1 Aug. 1777, PBMC: Adelman Collection; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The cover of the LS, which also contains GW’s signature, is addressed: “To The Oficer commanding two Brigades on their march from Peekskill.”