Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Major General Nathanael Greene, 25 September 1780

To Major General Nathanael Greene1

Verplanks, [New York] 25th Septr. 1780


There has just been unfolded at this place a scene of the blackest treason, Arnold has fled to the Enemy. André the British Adjt Genl is in our possession as a Spy. This capture unravelled the mystery. West Point was to have been the Sacrifice, all the dispositions have been made for the purpose and ’tis possible, tho’ not probable to night may still see the execution. The wind is fair, I came here in pursuit of Arnold but was too late. I advise your putting the army under marching orders, and detaching a brigade immediately this way.

I am with great regard   Your obedient Servant

Alexr. Hamilton Aid de Camp

Copy, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California; copy, Reel 175, Item 155, I, p. 443, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1At this time Greene was at Orangetown, New York.

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