Reading furnace [Pa.] septr 18th 1777
As I have receiv’d Information that the Enemy have turn’d down that Road from the White Horse which leads to Swedes Ford on Schuylkill I have to desire that you will Halt your Troops wherever this Meets you if coming this way1 & set them to Cleaning their Arms drawing Ammunition & Cooking Provision.
I must call your utmost Exertion in fitting yourselves in the best manner you can for following & Harrassing their Rear—Genl Maxwell will have a Similar Order & will Assist you with the Corps under his command.
the Army here is so much fatigued that it is impossible I should move them this Afternoon. I shall expect by return of the light Horse Man to know where you are & when it will be in power to Comply with this Order. I am Sir your mo. Obed. Servt
— The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, vol. 11, 19 August 1777 – 25 October 1777, ed. Philander D. Chase and Edward G. Lengel. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2001, pp. 265–266.