Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington to his father.

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Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington to his father.


British Navy


In this letter addressed from "Head Quarters Towamensing(sic), Huntington addresses his father regarding activities on the Delaware River and the problems the British navy encountered from the river obstacles. He writes, "we are now at Worcester 21 miles from Philadelphia & about 13 from the Enemy's lines..".
Letter closes, "I am dear Sir with compliments to all in due your affectionate Son.."


Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington


12 October 1777


John F. Reed Collection Valley Forge NHP


Box 2, Folder 10, 10-06


Head quarters Tawamensing 12th Octor. 1777—

Honl. Sir, I am favoured with yours of the 29th Sepr. as to the Recruiting Accounts of the Regiment that was mine, it gives me much Uneasiness that Mr. Abell has not been able for one Reason & another to Settle them – I hope Mr. Peek will be able to account for all the money he has received on this S[illeg], but I am pretty certain there will be a Balance against him.
I wrote you Col Bradley had both Lieut. Morris & 31 Men – the Lt. & 20 men are Prisoners in Philada.
Genl. Washington has published in Orders that the Continental Frigate Randolph lately fell in with a Fleet of five of the Enemy’s Ships & took four of them, one of them mounting 20 Guns & another 8 all richly laden –
13th . Our Row Gallies by a crop Five upon a Battery raising against Fort Mifflin obliged the Enemy to Surrender themselves, a Captain two Subs & 50 with 3 Brass twelve pounders. -- -- -- fell into our Hands. –
17th. we are now at Worcester 21 from Miles from Philada. & about 13 from the Enemy’s Lines – from this Place the Attack on Saturday was made. – The Enemy with all their Efforts by Land & Water have not been able to do much against our Four? & Cheveux de Frise in the River –
Every new information from the City magnifies
Jaber Huntington Esqr.

The Loss of the enemy in the late Action – they begin to despair of removing the Obstacles to their Navigation in the Delaware – the Consequence is the must leave Philada. – Flour sells in the City at three pounds the hundred the inhabitants can hardly get it at any Rate – Wheat sells in the neighborhood of our Camp at 5 Shilling this Money the Bushell & the Farmers glad to get that Price –
I am dear Sir with Compliments
to all is due your affectionate Son
Jed Huntington

You could not buy a Load
Of Wood in the City for
50 half Joannes –
indeed there is no such thing –