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Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety, January 1-March 20, 1777
Volume 16, Page 28   View pdf image (33K)
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28 Journal and Correspondence

C. S. C.

[Morris and others to Hancock.]

Philadelphia Jany 5th 1777
10 o'clock
We have no certainty to this Hour, except the substance of
current reports by various hands. Genl Washington drew up
his army and took post on the hills on this side Trenton
Bridge, he caused large fires to be made and kept up. He
had received certain intelligence that Genl Howe, with a con-
siderable reinforcement, was on his march from Prince Town
to join the main body at Trenton, he decamped in the middle
of that night, made a forced march, met Mr Howe about
Maidenhead, or Quaker Bridge, gave him battle, put him to
the Rout, and took 500 to 700 prisoners, pushed forward, took
possession of Prince Town at the point of Cannon, with a
number of officers of the 40th regiment, and this morning we
are told he was still preparing and determined to push on to
Brunswick, where are all the Enemy's valuable stores &c.
That part of the Enemy's army that possessed the part of
Trenton on the other side of the Bridge never discovered
Genl W's march until they heard the engagement. They then
took possession of all the Heights, and remained under arms
until about 11 o'clock, when they marched off by the Prince
Town Road, in order, as is supposed to get on the other
side of our army, and join there Genl Howe. Genl Putnam
marched from hence yesterday with about 600 men, 500 follow
to day and more are coming in every hour. We hear various
reports of Genl Heath being again on this Side the North
River, and of the New England Militia coming down agt N.
York. Rob. Morris
Geel Gune
To Mr Hancock Geo. Walton

[Lowndes to Jenifer.]

Sir. Bladensburg Jan 8th 1777
I am favoured with yours of the 8th Instant, and agreable to
what you recommend, I shall pursue such steps as I think
most promising in order to secure the quantity of hemp that
will be sufficient for your cordage you want from me, my
thanks are due for your offer of assistance in case I should
want it, but I flatter myself I have materials that will purchase
the quantity mentioned in your first letter, and further then
that I desire not to go. Speculation when goods run so high
I wish not to meddle with, though should you think it neces-
sary to have a greater quantity than ten tons from me, then
indeed I have doubts of my ability to deposite ready money,
and nothing but ready cash will go down with those folks.

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Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety, January 1-March 20, 1777
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