It was a false alarm which occasioned our Flight from Philadelphia. Not a Soldier
of Howes has crossed the Schuylkill.1
Washington has again crossed it, which I think is a very injudicious Maneuvre. I
think, his Army would have been best disposed on the West Side of the Schuylkill.
If he had sent one Brigade of his regular Troops to have heald2
the Militia it would have been enough. With such a Disposition, he might have cutt
to Pieces, Hows Army, in attempting to cross any of the Fords. How will not attempt
it. He will wait for his Fleet in Delaware River. He will keep open his Line of Communication
with Brunswick, and at last, by some Deception or other will slip unhurt into the
Burgoine has crossed Hudsons River, by which Gen. Gates thinks, he is determined at
all Hazards to push for Albany, which G. Gates says he will do all in his Power to
prevent him from reaching. But I confess I am anxious for the Event, for I fear he
will deceive Gates, who seems to be acting the same timorous, defensive Part, which
has involved us in so many Disasters.—Oh, Heaven! grant Us one great Soul! One leading
Mind would extricate the best Cause, from that Ruin which seems to await it, for the
Want of it.
We have as good a Cause, as ever was fought for. We have great Resources. The People
are well tempered. One active masterly Capacity would bring order out of this Confusion
and save this Country.