George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Horatio Gates, 23 July 1777

From Major General Horatio Gates

Philadelphia 23d July 1777.


I am desired by The Honorable The Board of War to acquaint Your Excellency, that they have Order’d the Hessian paymaster, who had your pass in May last to go to Lancaster,1 & to return from thence to N. York, to be detain’d at His Quarters in this City, until Your Excellencys further Directions concerning him can be known; It is with Reason Suspected that Certain Tories, & Enemies of the United States, have been endeavouring to gain an Intimacy, & of course Establish a Correspondence with this Gentleman; The Honorable Board are Desir’ous Your Excellency should be apprized thereof, before You Grant him Your permission to Return to New York. I am Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servant

Horatio Gates


1Gates is referring to Mathias Muller, who took clothing and pay to the Hessian prisoners at Lancaster, Pa., in May 1777 (see Lieutenant General Heister to GW, 8 May, and GW to Heister, 13 May).

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