George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Stirling, 23 December 1777

From Major General Stirling

Genl Potters Qrs (Radnor) [Pa.]
Decembr 23d 1777 5 oClock

Dr Sir

I arrived here with my division about an hour ago, I find Colonel Morgan went out Early this Morning (with his own Corps, the fifteen parties detached last Night & part of Genl Potters Militia) towards the Enemy; there is as yet no Intelligence from them; some few Cannon have been heard this Afternoon; But I belive nothing of Consequence has happened, or Intelligence would have been here of it; by what I can Collect the Enemy are Encamped with their Right at the Sweeds Church, & their left at Darby, which makes a front of about a Mile & Quarter; they keep Close to their line, no Waggons appear on this Side of them; on the Whole I belive they are busy Carrying off the Hay & forrage from the Neck & the Islands between Derby Creek & Schuylkill, as their position Covers that part Compleatly. The Troops here (even potters included) I find are Intirely without provision, some Grain & Spirits are between this & the Enemy; I have therefore sent for all my Waggons from Camp to Carry it off. The Militia &c. have been so frequently & so long in this Quarter that every thing Else is Consumed. whatever happens your Excellency will have the most early Intelligence from your Excellency’s Most Ob. Humble Servt


If provision (Beef I mean) is in Camp some should be sent.


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