George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 25 April 1781

New Port (R. Island) Apl 25th 1781


In my late Interview with C— the matter of a future Correspondence, to be render’d more regular & advantageous, was fully discussed. The Plan which he has consented to adopt, on Certain Conditions, is for him to remain for the most part on Long Island & C— Junr whom he thinks might be engaged again, to reside constantly at New York—That some Confidential Person must of Course be Employed to carry the dispatches: as it would cause Suspicions which might lead to Detection, if either of the C—s should be frequently passing from New York to Setauket &c. &c., they being Men of some considerable note. What he will of Course want will be a sufficient Sum of money to defray the Contingent Expences, which as living at New York & traveling on Long Island is very dear, the Expences accruing must be considerable. C— Senior observes that he is already considerably in advance for the business, which from his Situation & other Circumstances; he is sorry to believe has been of but little service to your Excellency the last Campaign. He further observes that if in the present State of our public affairs, it should be found difficult to furnish money for the Purpose, he will advance 100 Guineas or more if needed, receiving Your Excellencys assurance that it shall be refunded by the Public, with reasonable Interest, after the War. This money to be expended, & properly accounts for, whenever demanded.

These are the outlines of the Plan which C— proposed, & which I promised him to Communicate to Your Excellency. If the whole or any part of it should be satisfactory, I shall immediately communicate the necessary Instructions.

I hope to be at Wethersfield in a few Days—I have the Honor to be, with the greatest Regard, Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

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