Historic Valley Forge

To George Washington from Major John Clark, Jr.,
October 6,, 1777

From Major John Clark, Jr.

Red Lyon Uchland Township [Pa.]
6th October 1777 5 oClock P.M

Dear General

Cadwalader Jones a Quaker on whom I can rely, is just returned from Philadelphia, & informs me that about 2000 Hessians crossed the Schuylkill at the lower ferry Yesterday on their way towards Chester, that he was informed by Friends in the City at Yearly-meeting that Brigadier Agnew was killed & one or two other Generals mortally wounded, it was the current report in the City, that the Rebels had used the British Troops barbarously-several Quakers from the City say that upwards of two hundred Waggons came in before they left it, with wounded Soldiers-A few Days ago a number of Waggons went towards Chester, 'tis thought for Provisions-whether the Troops that crossed Yesterday went to escort them-or to establish a Post at Derby or Chester, to secure their retreat, I submit to your Wisdom-you may depend on this information-as my informants are Persons of Credit. I am [with] due respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt

Jno. Clark Junr

I thought it my duty to give you the earliest intelligence-The Enemy have suffered much The Spirits of the Citizens are depressed, & the Country elated.

Note: This transcription is from Founders Online, a project of the National Archives. Typographical errors may have occured during transcription


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