To Brigadier General James Potter
Head Quarters [Worcester Township, Pa.] Octr 18. 1777.
From the intelligence I have received I am persuaded the enemy are about to retreat from Philadelphia, despairing of getting up their shipping.1 I therefore desire you, after sending out the necessary scouts, & satisfying yourself of their situation, to throw yourself down in their way, & in case of their actual retreating, to harass & impede them to the utmost of your power. I shall at the same time advance and pursue with the utmost diligence, if the conjecture should prove true. your obedt servant
LS, in John Fitzgerald’s writing, DNC.