To Major General Horatio Gates
Head Quarters Valley Forge 18 June 1778. 2 O’clock P.M.
This morning about sun-rise the rear of the enemies army evacuated Philadelphia. To-day and to-morrow morning, our whole army will move towards the Delaware; and should the enemy march rapidly thro’ the Jersey, I shall proceed Northward as expeditiously as possible. My movements however will be influenced by theirs.
In your quarter you will take the proper measures on this occasion; and let me particularly recommend to your attention the great object of provisions. I am Sir your obedt & very hble servt
LS, in James McHenry’s writing, NHi: Gates Papers; Df, DLC:GW; copy, Ct: Trumbull Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. For the enclosures to this letter, see Gates to GW, 22 June.