George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 11 October 1780

Bedford New Purchase Octo. 11th 1780


I have the honor to enclose a Letter from Cu. Junior, which as it contains nothing very material, have not sent forward by Express.

The Conduct of Arnold, since his arrival at N.Y. has been such, that although he knows not a single Link in the Chain of my Correspondence, still those who have assisted us in that way, are at present too apprehensive of Danger, to give their immediate usual intelligence—I hope as the Tumult subsides, matters will go on in their old Channel.

Cu. Junr has requested an interview with me on Long Island on the 13th inst., but in the present situation of Affairs I believe it would be rather imprudent. What makes it peculiarly so at this time is the swarm of Refugie Boats which cruize along the Shore of L. Island—I have wrote Cu. Junr assuring him that his name or Character are not even known by any Officer but myself in the Army, tho’ should your Excellency wish to have me meet Cu. Junr I will appoint an interview at any time. I have the Honor to be, with great Regard, Sir, your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


October 8 1780


Your letter of the 24th of Augt came to hand togather with the inclosed blank the lines of which were easily discovered and some Sentences could read. The paper being so bad I Judge is the reason. To prevent the like for the future have forward you some good paper which Please make use of for that purpose alone.

The Express returnd last night from New York but without a blank from C. Jur. The present commotion that hath risen on Account of that infamious Arnold togather with little or no intelligence at this time was the reason that he did not write. That have only to Say the Enemies embarcation goes on but Slow they dont Seame to act with Spirit about it Culper Jur is to be with me on the 12 Instant if no unforeseen accident doth prevent—if possible, and think propper, come and see him. it may be of mutual advantage—there appeares nothing in the way but the dangers of the Seas, And hope this invitation will come to hand timely for the purpose, Have Just heard that Capt. Cornelius Concklin with a bouts Crew hath fell into the hands of the refugees near Treadells Banks with the Loss of Lieut. Ketcham Killd dead. their misfortune is owing to [Abijah Tooker] of Seutauket have nothing further to ad and am yours Sincerly

Saml Culper

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