"If from your Scouts or other authentic advices you find, that the Convoy has returned, you will immediately send to Genl. McDougal who commands the Detachment, that he may not continue his march. He will pass Schuylkill at Reese App Edwards’ Ford or will be on the Road leading to it. Should the Convoy have not returned, some prudent, intelligent Officers from your Brigade should meet the General at the Ford, that he may know how & where to form a junction with you. It will also be proper to procure Two or three well affected Gentlemen or Farmers, acquainted with the Country to join him there for the purpose of conducting him by the necessary Routs." A postscript adds "I received no Answer by the return of the Express by whom I wrote last Night—do acknowledge the Receipt of this or I shall be doubtfull about it’s delivery."
The escort assigned to the convoy was larger than the Americans had anticipated and McDougall's attack was repulsed.
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