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General Washington to General Lee

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GENERAL WASHINGTON TO GENERAL LEE.

Trenton Falls, December 11th, 1776.

DEAR SIR: Your favour of the 8th instant, by the Light-Horseman, reached me last night. Having wrote you fully respecting my situation just before it came to hand, it is unnecessary to add much now. I shall only say that Philadelphia, beyond all question, is the object of the enemy' s movements, and that nothing less than our utmost exertions will be sufficient to prevent General Howe from possessing it. The force I have is weak and entirely incompetent to that end. I must therefore entreat you to push on with every possible succour you can bring. Your aid may give a more favourable complexion to our affairs. You know the importance of the city of Philadelphia, and the fatal consequences that must attend the loss of it.

I am, &c˙,

GO˙ WASHINGTON.

To Major-General Lee.