George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charles Stewart, 13 September 1777

To Charles Stewart

Head Quarters Germantown [Pa.] 13th Sepr 1777


The Army will move from this place tomorrow Morning to the Swedes Ford and from thence towards the Enemy by such Rout as circumstances may require. You will therefore take Care to lay in supplies of liquor1 at such places as you may deem most convenient. As it is intended that the Army shall move with as much dispatch and as light as possible, you are to carry with you as much hard Bread as you can at present and let a further quantity follow.

As I would not wish that the intended Rout of the Army should be made public, you are desired to make your dispositions without informing any persons but those to whom it is necessary to make it known. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, MH: Stewart Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Tilghman adressed the cover of the LS: “To Charles Steward Esqr. Commy Genl of Issues Philada.”

1The draft and the Varick transcript both read: “supplies of provision and liquor.”

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