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Robert Morris to the President of Congress



Philadelphia, December 27, 1776, ten o' clock, a˙ m.

SIR: Captain Peters informs me he has just seen a letter from Colonel Cadwalader, wrote late last night, to the Council of Safety, wherein he says he has no account from General Washington; but from private information that he can depend on, our victory at Trenton has been complete. The killed, wounded, and prisoners, are very considerable. That we have taken sixteen pieces of their cannon. A wagon load of Hessian arms, with some Hessians, were sent over the ferry. Colonel Cadwalader was to cross over from Bristol this morning, before day, with his whole force. General Putnam is now sending him a reinforcement of fifteen hundred men, and the gondolas, under command of General Mifflin, who is returned from a successful excursion.

We shall change the face of affairs, and I hope soon to see you back here.

I am, respectfully, yours, &c,

Robt˙ Morris.

P˙ S˙ Captain Peters will soon follow this, but he must go via Lancaster.

To the Hon, John Hancock, Esq˙, President of Congress.