John F. Reed eighteenth century manuscript collection containing documents related to the American Revolution.


John F. Reed
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Items in the Documents Collection

General George Washington's Letter to Colonel Elias Dayton

Philadelphia August 3 1777

The conduct of the Enemy is distressing, and difficult to be understood. – Since my last, directing you to proceed to Peepskill, their Fleet, or a pretty considerable part of it, has appeared off the Capes of…

Parole of Suspected Tory

Philadelphia August 9th 1777

I James Tilghman of the city of Philadelphia Esquire late one of the Governor Council do declare upon my honour that I will not do anything injurious to the United States of America by writing, speaking or…

Paul Hughes Letter

Mont County [illeg]

Personally appeared before me the Subscriber One of the justices of the Peace in and for said county Paul Ruglarand Made Oaths that by Gen’l Orders in the year 1777 he took a Boat the Property of John Pawling Valued at…

Prisoners and Commissions

List of Prisoners

List of the Prisoners taken 20th Sept. Near the Paoli (which is not in confinement with the Enemy) Belonging to the 7th P____ Regiment

Sergant Wilson dead of his wounds Those_man_was so badly
Do “ “ “ O Nail …

General George Washington Letter to General James Varnum

Head Quarters 7th November 1777


From various accounts I am convinced that the Enemy are upon the point of making a grand effort upon Fort Mifflin. A person in confidence of one of their principal artificers thinks it will be to day or…

Colonel Tench Tilghman Letter to Major General Lord Stirling

Head Quarters Valley Forge 25th December 1777

My Lord

Yours of 6 o’clock yesterday came to hand in the night. We detained the messenger til this morning to see whether any thing further would turn up. A parcel of Waggons were sent to…

General Huntington Letter to His Brother, Mr. Anderson Huntington

Valley Forge Dec 25th 1777

Dear Sir,

I have yours of the 24th Nov—the Barrel for my own life is received the Hhead No 2 containing Shoes & Stockings for the Regt. That was mine Mr. Flint has taken charge of and will account with you…


According to the Powers His Excellency Genl. Washington has given to the Major General of his army
I have granted to Lieut. Mosher of Colonel Jacksons reg’t a furlough from this Day to the first of may next witness my hand

At Camp 3th…

Colonel Boudinot Letter to Thomas Wharton Jr.

Elias Boudinot to Pres Wharton 1778
Camp jany 7th 1778

I yesterday discharged Charles Dingey from the Provost, on his giving me three [illeg]ions in £1000 for his appearance at Lancaster within Ten days--- I promised to return the…

Secretary of Congress

In Congress
Feb 19 1778.

That the board of War be directed forthwith to enquire into the causes of the deficiencies in the department of the purchasing commisaries and report to Congress.
Extract from the Minutes