George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Ephraim Blaine, 17 May 1778

To Ephraim Blaine

Head Quarters [Valley Forge] 17 May 1778


Very frequent and recent intelligence from the City of Philadelphia induces me to think that the Enemy mean to evacuate that place. Such a Step must consequently make it necessary for this army to move, and as this will be a sudden affair, I now give you notice that every thing in your department may be in perfect readiness for the event. I have written to the Qr Mr General to take every step in his power to procure Waggons1 and to him you will apply for them, giving all the aid you can to effect that business. You will as far as it may be in your power, lay in Magazines of provision between this and the North river, On or Convenient to the roads leading over Coryells ferry to Morris Town &c. and thro Boundbrook Westfield &c. Sufficient to feed the troops on their march should it be found necessary to take that course, no time is to be lost.2 I am sir your most obedt servant

Go. Washington

P.S. You will make this known to the Issuing Commissary.

Copy, CtHi: Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 78; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2An unsigned, undated reply to GW from either Blaine or John Chaloner reads: “I have this moment recd Your orders respecting the laying in of provisions between this and the North River your Excellency may be Assured of my immediately using my utmost endeavours to comply with the same” (DLC: Peter Force Collection, Ephraim Blaine Papers).

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