George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Joseph Reed, 9 July 1779

To Joseph Reed

New Windsor July 9th 1779


Doctor Hodges will have the Honor of presenting this to Your Excellency.1 The Inclosed, a Copy of a Letter from Governor Trumbull, will inform you of the business he is upon.2 It is important & interesting and I am persuaded the Doctor will meet with every assistence that you can give him in the prosecution of it. I have the Honor &c.

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Silas Hodges (1741–1804), formerly a doctor, worked as an agent to detect conspiracies against Connecticut and the United States. Massachusetts, and probably New Hampshire, authorities had employed him for the same purpose (see Middlebrook, Maritime Connecticut, description begins Louis F. Middlebrook. History of Maritime Connecticut during the American Revolution, 1775–1783. 2 vols. Salem, Mass., 1925. description ends 1:208–11). Connecticut governor Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., wrote New York governor George Clinton in a letter of 5 Aug. that Hodges was “faithful, and well qualified” (Hastings and Holden, Clinton Papers, description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends 5:184). After the war, Hodges moved to Clarendon, Vt., and became a merchant.

2The enclosure, presumably a letter from Trumbull to GW, has not been found.

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