George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Joseph Reed, 4 November 1780

Head Quarters Prekaness 4th Novemr 1780

Dear Sir

I have received information from New York that a person who is called George Fustner, and who is Brother in law to Ranken formerly of York County, comes frequently out as a Spy by way of Shark River thro’ Jersey and from thence to Lancaster. He left New York the 27th ulto and is probably at this time upon that Business. Your Excellency may perhaps, from the foregoing Clue, have him interceptd upon some of his Visits.

There is also another person who goes by the feigned name of John Staria or the Irish Dutchman, because he speaks both languages, who goes constantly between New York and Lancaster, accompanied by a lusty old Man called John Smith, who serves as a guide to him. They lately carried 12 or 14 Recruits from Lancaster.

I shall be happy should the above description be sufficient to lead to the discovery of another of the many Engines of this sort, which the enemy have at work against us. I have the honor to be with great Regard, Dear Sir, Yr most obt Servt

Go: Washington

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