George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Alexander Clough, 18 June 1778

From Major Alexander Clough

Germantown [Pa.] three OClock [18 June 1778]1

Agreeable to your Exellency instructions I sent an Officer to town and the inclosed is his report2—if your exellency will induldge me with twenty men from each regt of Horse I can cross at philidelphia and fall on thair rear. I am your Exellencys Most Obd. Hbl. Svt

A. Clough

Col. Fiz garald desired me to inform you that he was gone to town.


1The letter is undated, but the contents indicate that it was written immediately after the British evacuation of Philadelphia on this date.

2The enclosed, undated letter from Capt. Alexander S. Dandridge to Clough, written from “Ferry house opposite Glocester [N.J.] half after one o’clock,” reads: “On Capt. Heard’s communicating the Contents of your letter to him I was importund by Colo. Boudinot to Join partys & make what discoverys we coud. Colo. Boudinot was also desirous to endeavour to discover the Enemy’s rout before any report might be made in consequence of which we went to the ferry house opposite to Glocester where we discoverd a very considerable body of horse & foot of the Enemy marching towards Haddon feild their rear is still in Sight & we are pretty certain from their Course that Haddon field they will pass thro’” (DLC:GW).

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