On December 14, 1776, George Washington sent this letter to Brigadier General James Ewing at Trenton Ferry. Concerned about a possible British advance across the Delaware River, Washington provides strategies for the defense of the troops. Ewing is to spare no expense to procure a spy to send across the river to learn the location and movements of the enemy. Ewing not only obeyed Washington's instructions, but began raiding the British. George Lewis transcribed the majority of this letter; however Washington added the final paragraphs in his own hand. A copy notes this letter circulated to Mercer, Stephen, and Stirling.

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Date

December 14, 1776


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper, residue from red wax seal


Dimensions

Overall (open): 12 7/8 in. x 16 1/2 in. (32.7 cm x 41.91 cm)
Other (closed (silking)): 12 7/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (32.7 cm x 20.96 cm)
Other (closed (image)): 12 7/8 in. x 8 in. (32.7 cm x 20.32 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1913


Marks

Fourth page (verso when closed), center, perpendicular to letter's text, in brown ink: To Brigad Genl Ewing / [mutilated]


Signed

Second page (left side when open), bottom right, in brown ink: Yr Most Obt Servt / Go Washington


Object Number

W-438


Colors


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