George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 28 January 1781

Wethersfield Jany 28th 1781

Dr Generl

Enclosed Your Excellency will receive a Copy of a Letter from B. Arnold, which has this day come to hand. I am equally a Stranger to the Channel thro’ which it was conveyed, the Reasons why it was so long on its way, or the motives which induced the Traitor to address himself thus particularly to me. I have determined to treat the Author with the Contempt his Conduct merits, by not answering his Letter, unless Your Excellency should advise a different Measure. I have the Honor to be, With great Regard & Esteem, Sir, Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


N. York Octr 25th 1780

Dr Sir

As I know You to be a Man of sense, I am convinced You are by this time fully of opinion that the real Interest & Happiness of America consists in a reunion with Great Britain. To effect which happy purpose I have taken a Commission in the British Army, & invite You to join me with as many Men as You can bring over with You. If You think proper to embrace my Offer, You shall have the same Rank you now hold, in the Cavalry I am about to raise. I shall make use of no arguments to convince You, or to induce You to take a Step which I think right. Your own good sense will suggest every thing I can say on the subject. I will only add that the English Fleet has just arrived with a very large Reinforcement of Troops. I am, Sir, Your Hble Servt

B. Arnold

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