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General Washington to Congress, Princeton, December 2, 1776

Sir: I arrived here this morning with our Troops between Eight and Nine
O'Clock.... When the Enemy first landed on this side the North River, I apprehended
that they meant to make a push this way, and knowing that the force which I
had, was not sufficient to oppose 'em, I wrote to Genl. Lee to cross with the
Several Continental Regiments in his Division, and hoped he would have arrived
before now; by some means or other he has been delayed. I suppose he has
passed the River, as his Letter of the 26th ulto. mentioned that he had marched a
Brigade the day before, and should follow the next himself.
The remainder of the Troops, I conceived necessary to guard the several
passes thro' the Highlands, nor do I think they can be called from thence. Their
number is very small, being reduced to very few by the departure of the Troops
who stood engaged till the 30th ulto. I understand there are now at Bristol
several prisoners. As their exchange at this time cannot be effected with
propriety, I think it will be necessary under the present situation of Affairs, to
have 'em removed immediately to some more interior place upon their paroles. If
they remain, they may be of infinite disadvantage.
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General Washington to Congress, Head Quarters, Trenton, December 3, 1776

Sir: I arrived here myself yesterday morning with the Main body of the
Army, having left Lord Stirling with two Brigades at Princeton and that
neighbourhood to watch the Motions of the Enemy and give notice of their approach. I
am informed that they had not entered Brunswick yesterday morning at 9 O'Clock,
but were on the opposite side of the Raritan. Immediately on my arrival here,
I ordered the Removal of all the Military and other Stores and Baggage over
the Delaware, a great Quantity are already got over, and as soon as the Boats
come up from Philadelphia, we shall load them, by which Means I hope to have
every thing secured this Night and to morrow if we are not disturbed. After
being disencumbered of my Baggage and Stores, my future Situation will depend
intirely upon Circumstances. I have not heard a Word from General Lee, since the
26th last month, which surprises me not a little, as I have dispatched daily
Expresses to him, desiring to know when I might look for him. This makes me
fearful that my Letters have not reached him.

I am informed by report that Genl. St. Clair has joined him with three or
four Regiments from the Northward, to know the Truth of this, and also when I
may expect him and with what Numbers, I have this minute dispatched Colo.
Stewart (Genl. Gates's Aid de Camp) to meet Genl. Lee and bring me an Account.
I look out earnestly for the Reinforcement from Philadelphia, I am in hopes, if
we can draw a good Head of Men together, It will give Spirits to the Militia
of this State who have as yet afforded me little or no Assistance, nor can I
find they are likely to do much. Genl. Heard just informs me, that a person, on
whose Veracity he can depend, has reported to him, that on Sunday last he
counted 117 Sail of Ships going out of the Hook. You may depend upon being
advised instantly of any further Movement of the Enemy's Army or that of mine.




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