George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 12 August 1780

North Castle Augt 12th 1780

Dear Genl

By the particular Assistance of Lieut. Rogers of the 2d L..D. I have procured the enclosed original Letter to Major Delancy, & the Copy of another Letter to a Person whose name I am under solemn obligations, for the present, to conceal. In some future day when I may have the pleasure of seeing your Excellency, I shall unfold the matter more fully. Suffice it for the present to say that I suspect I know the Author of Sd Letters; & that Your Excellency may be assisted in the Recollection possibly some of your Family may remember that some time about the Date of the enclosed Letters, a Mr Pool was at or about Hd Qrs with a Servant, a Sulkey & two or three fine Horses—One of your Aids endeavoured to buy a horse of him: I am told, he has passed thro’ Fairfield on the 7th inst. from Welton, & said he was a Volunteer Aid in your Excellency’s Family. He is An Inhabitant of N. London, & the Circumstance of his mentioning Genl Saltonstalls Family corroborates my first Opinion—He was formerly a Lieut. in our Regt & I think I know his hand writing—As he is now gone to NewPort I wish to know whether I had not better immediately send to the Officer of our Regt at New London, to secure him, or so to watch him that he cannot escape. I shall wait impatiently for Your Excellency’s Instructions, & am in the Interim, with Esteem & Regard, Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

P.S. If your Excellency thinks best I will send Lt Rogers on the business who knows the Man, & the Circumstances which I have related.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Wilton August 5—1780

Dear Sir

I this moment arived here—Mr W. began crowsing the N. River before I reached camp after I left Genl Clinton his army began to cross on the 4 the whole are going over to tanpan Except about one 1000 Continentals wich are to be left at W. Point with between 3000 and 4000 militia, under the Command of G. Arnold—by what I can find out the reason of G. Washingtons Crossing the N. River is on account of Flour and Forrage as the magazins of those Stores are chefly on the other side of the river—and as His Exelency G. Clinton returned he thought it not proper to attact N. York. I am now on my way to Newport to endeavor to collect something concerning the French Army. I Remain yours



Wilton august 6th—1780

Dear Sir,

I take the fredum to write a few scrawls to you without any acquaintanc at all with you—but in the course of two weeks Expect to see you my self—Mr Mathews, of N. York, gave me your name and Mr   and   as being good friends to goverment I profess myself so also for that Reason I have inclos’d you a letter for Major Delancy A.D.C. to G. Clinton, which I hope you wount fail sending of imedietly as it is of the greatest importance that they should have it imedeadeily—I left G.C. last friday in N. York—am going on Eastward on Business for him now—other wise should have called on you myself—but have made an Excuse to the person that I send this by that I wanted to acquanint you of Mrs Sallanstall—of New London, being very ill and that I want you to meet me at Farrfield, imedetly—this is only to blind the Ies of the Bearer, be very carefull about matters. I Remain yours,

D. M.


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