George Washington Papers

From Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. to Alexander McDougall, 4 August 1781

Head Quarters 4th Augst 1781


I am directed by the Comandr in Chief to acquaint you, that Information has been conveyed to Head Quarters that a certain Person is employed by the Enemy to come out in the Guise of a Spiy to make his Observations on the Works at West Point & to obtain Knowlege of our Strength & Situation at that post—The Person is discribed to have a Mould under one of his Eyes & a Scar on one Temple—& will appear in the Garb of a comon Country Man.

How far this Information is to be depended upon, the General is not assured—but thinks it may be improved to induce you to particular Caution & Watchfulness against such Imposition. I am most respectfully sir Your &ca

J. Tr.

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