George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 13 June 1780

Wethersfield June 13th 1780


The inclosed from C. Senr having just come to hand, tho’ it may bring nothing new, may perhaps be of some service to Your Excellency. I have another Letter from a Person on Long Island which mentions the Enemy’s having some sudden movement in view, & most probably up the North River.

I am, with great Regard, your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


June 10 1780


Yours of the 5 Ins.—togather with 711 G.W. was handed me yesterday—And have observed the contents—The latter agreeable to your direction returnd to the bearer. I am happy to find, that 711 is about to establish a more advantagious channel of Intelligence than heretofore. I perceive that the former he intimats hath bene but of little Service—Sorry we have bene at So much cost and trouble for little or no purpose—He also mentions of my backwardness to Serve. He certainly hath bene misinformed—you are sensible I have bene indefatigable. And have done it from a principal of duty rather than from any mercenary end—And as hinted heretofore if at at any time, thers need you may rely on my faithfull endeavours—I perceive thers no mention made of any money to discharge the remaining debts. Which hath increased Since I Saw you Owing to your direction to continue the correspondence regular untill, I received your answer from 711—You Speak with some assurance that the French is hourly expected to our assistance hope they may not fail us—And that we may soon retreive the sad misfortune of our Southern Garrison. Which dolefull Fate the papers inclosed doth two fully relate, to which I must you refer. The Enemy last Tuesday night with all the force they could muster landed in the Jersey in order to Surprise G. W..—And had not returd on Fryday night. It is thought much blood hath bene Spilt a great number of Wounded men hath bene sent in togather with Genl Sterling who had his thigh broke. No Particulars had transpired on Fryday night. But our friends are in hopes they will be defeated—Thers a ground movement on foot in N. York. The Troops are calld from L. Neck and is Said from every other distant Post, and an imbargo laid on all Ships and Small Sloops. it is Suspectd they are agoing to quit N. york or are going to make Some diversion up the River, Or are afraid of the French But I cannot but think the former is likely to take place For I beleive there Whole design is to the Southward—Thus Sir what I have written is from Such authority as you have heretofore depended on, And from Such as I call the best—and is all Worthy of notice at this time. Hopeing it may duly come to hand. And find you in Health and prosperity is the earnest desire of your ever effectionate Freind and Huml. Servt

Samuel Culper

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