George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Francis Nash, 3 August 1777

To Brigadier General Francis Nash

City Tavern [Philadelphia] 3d August 1777


As from a variety of contradictory circumstances, the Enemy’s real intentions still remain ambiguous and uncertain, I would not have you at present embark yr troops as before directed, but keep them in a state of continual readiness, for the purpose against further orders. The vessels should also be in constant readiness that there may be no cause of delay when it shall be necessary to make use of them & orders are given accordingly. I am &c.

When you have orders to embark give the same to the Artillery & see that they come with you.

Df, in the writing of Richard Kidder Meade and Alexander Hamilton, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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