Trenton 7. October 1780
I most heartily congratulate your Excellency on the timely Discovery of General Arnolds treasonable Plot to captivate your Person, & deliver up West Point to the Enemy; of which the Loss of the former, had his infernal Machinations succeeded, would have been more regretted by America, than of the latter. The remarkable Interposition of Providence to frustrate the diabolical Conspiracy will inspire every virtuous American with sincere Gratitude to the Great Arbiter of all Events; and I hope, not a true Whig amongst us will ever forget the memorable Æra when we were, by the peculiar Guardianship of Heaven, rescued from the very Brink of Destruction. I have the Honour to be with the highest Respect Dear Sir your Excellencys most humble Servt
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