George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Benjamin George Eyre, 16 October 1777

From Major Benjamin George Eyre

Bordentown [N.J.] October th 16: 1777
Six in th[e] Evening


Agreeable to your orders I have Collected the Shallops & flats in Bordentown Creeck; their was not wauter Sufficient for them in watsons Creeck.1 I have Sent twelve waggon Load of Duck this Evening forward. The two friggates Lies at White hill two mile from this town with Sixteen Carriage Guns Each. as for men to Reinforce the Galley they Cannot be Spar’d from the friggates. their is but one hundred seamen, that is in all the fleet that is here. I apply’d to the Continental navey bord for twenty, but they would not let me have them. Inclosd I send you a letter from the Comodore which I receivd this day.2 the Shot has Gone on but the pouder has not past this plaise yet. Bisket Shall be Sent immediately. would it not be prudent for Colonel Flowers to forward some more from Allenstown to the Comodore. as fast as the waggons Comes in, they Shall be loaded & sent forward. your Excellencys orders Shall be Strictly obeyd by your Humble Servt

Benjn Eyre


1GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman wrote Eyre on 14 Oct.: “It is his Excellency’s desire that you repair immediately towards Trenton take the necessary steps for providing Waggons for the removal of the Sails, Rigging & Military Stores which may be on board any of the ships or Vessells either public or private property laying in the River Deleware above the City of Philada. These should be sent to Allen town Easton Bethlehem or some other place of Security untill they may be again useful[.] the General is also inform’d that there is a quantity of Sail Duck within a Small distance of Bordentown. this he is of opinion should be instantly remov’d to a place of Security & requests you may not loose a moments time in the execution of it. should there be any Ammunition on board any of the Continental Vessells which is suitable for any of the Vessells now in actual duty it will be prudent to have it immediately sent down to the Commodore or as much of it as can be spared[.] it is also his Excellency’s desire that if any Seamen can possibly be spared from Continental Vessells or hir’d from any other Vessells, they may be dispatched without loss of time to the Commodore who is in great want of them—You will make it your Business to see Commodore Hazlewood as soon as convenient and know from him if there is any probability of his wanting ammunition of any kind in a reasonable time[.] if he is of opinion that he may, you will take his Instructions & do every thing in your power to have him immediately furnish’d with whatever he thinks he may stand in need of[.] the General will expect to be frequently advis’d of the Progress you make & of all the Particulars respecting the Instructions herein Contain’d” (DLC:GW).

Boardentown Creek, more commonly known as Crosswicks Creek, enters the Delaware at Bordentown. Watson’s Creek enters the Delaware a short distance south of Trenton.

2John Hazelwood wrote Eyre on 15 Oct. from his position “Of[f] Fort Island”: “I reced yours & note the Contents, we are In want of nothing but Bread & Am[mun]ition & we are not yet out have now only 100 Rounds Expect som from you & I hope you will Continue to Bring it on, as we shall want a greate Quantity for we are Dayly in Action Either with the Batterys on Shore or their Ships, their Shiping Is at Billingsport but Cannot geet Through Nor do I think thay Ever will, we last Sundays night [12 Oct.] with the Galleys Drove them From that post, & Can drive them before Us any time we please but it takes a greate deel of am[mun]ition, we ware 4 Houres in the Last Action with them & for God Sake give us am[mun]ition & all is Safe. thay opened their Batter[ie]s from the Shore on us this Day & are Still playing on us but have not don any Damage as yet Nor do I think thay Can—we are all thats left of us in High Spirits & you may Depend Nothing Shall be wanting In my Power to Defend this pass” (DLC:GW).

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