George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 25 June 1778

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Allentown [N.J.] June 25th 1778
8, OClock P.M.

Dear Sir

I wrote your Excellency to day at one OClock,1 since which, I came to this Place, with the advanced party—the rear of the Enemy, lays six miles distant from this—their baggage is on the right, with three Brigades of British, & the same numbers of Hessians—several Deserters came in—I imagine, desertion will be great, as we are now so near them.

Their rout is certainly thro’ Monmouth, tis generally thought, they will embark at the Watering-place2—Col: Morgan left this place an hour ago, for the right flank—I am told, Genl Scott is just marching in—The Enemy ha⟨s mar⟩ched sixteen Miles this Day, which is double, their usu⟨al dista⟩nce—they have collected a great number of Cattle. I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s Most Ob. St

Philemon Dickinson


1This letter has not been found.

2The Watering Place, so called because Dutch settlers passing by on ships procured water there in the early seventeenth century, was located on the northeastern tip of Staten Island.

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