George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Patrick Henry, 30 May 1778

To Patrick Henry

Head Quarters Valley Forge 30th May 1778

Dear sir.

In my last of the 23d Inst. I enclosed you the best ascertained account of the draugh⟨ts⟩ and substitutes obtained from the State of Virginia which could be procured at that time. I have since discriminated and classed the recruits from each county, as draughted under the old and new law, that have joined me; and now send you an exact return.1

I have the pleasure to inform you that our prospects of regaining Philada still continue; our information bringing it down to almost a certainty. But it is not easy to determine whether they design to march thro’ the Jersey or go by water to New-York. The former opinion is supported by several considerations. Their waggons are still retained—their cavalry provided for such a purpose and the horses of Citizens impressed. Reports also agree, that they have not Transports sufficient for their troops. However every thing points to their speedily evacuating the City. I am Dr Sir your &c &.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed return has not been identified.

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