To Major General Horatio Gates
Head Quarters Valley Forge 18 May 1778.
Inclosed you have a duplicate of a letter which I forwarded yesterday by an express. The accounts from Philadelphia since, still continue to increase, and confirm a design of the enemies evacuating the City.
I beg you may transmit to Coll Ethan Allen the inclosed letter by some safe and certain conveyance.1 I am Sir your most obt and very humble servt
LS, in James McHenry’s writing, NHi: Gates Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.