Christmas Night, 1776
Of course on this night of December 25th, 1776 in today’s Washington’s Crossing General George Washington was rather busy crossing the flowing, ice laden Delaware River with 2,000 soldiers, cannons, and horses to pull the cannons, in a Nor’Easter in order to give the American colonies a reason to believe in the dream of American Freedom before the majority of Washington’s army enlistments were over on January 1, 1777.
And Colvins Ferry, today’s Morrisville, was a’bustle with the Bucks County Militia Army led by Brig. General Ewing waiting to cross the Delaware to support General Washington in the Battle at Trenton to aid the establishment of American Freedom. Ewing found he could not cross the Delaware over the bunching up ice, Colvins Ferry being situated just above the bend in the Delaware. Imagine how Gen. Ewing felt waiting, trying to figure out a way to help Washington in his pursuit for our newly declared Freedom and being able to do Nothing but Pray.
Thomas Barclay , Summerseat’s owner was standing on the Delaware River bank in Colvins Ferry just across from Trenton when the fighting started in Trenton before dawn next morning wondering about how if Washington lost, Barclay and his family would have to run and hide, being a well known American Patriot to the British and Hessians.
One of the first things General Washington did after the victorious battle was to send two letters across the Delaware, one letter to let Barclay know the American’s had won and one letter for Barclay to get down to Robert Morris, and George Clymer in Philadelphia, later both owners at different times of Summerseat, to let them know that they were safe. Morris, Clymer and George Walton of Georgia had stayed in Philadelphia at great risk to themselves from the British in order to keep our Newly declared American Government working, while the rest of congress had gone south for safety. Morris, Clymer, and Walton were very brave men risking their lives.
So on this most Holy Night let’s remember how important Morrisville is to our American Freedoms which allows us to follow our beliefs and worship in whatever house of worship we choose. Merry Christmas to all, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Healthy New Year!!