George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Matthias Ogden, 3 December 1781

Elizth Town Decr 3rd 1781


I am happy to inform your Excellency that I have been successful in my negotiations, & soon expect the most favourable consequence.

I intend soon to have the honor to wait on your Excellency; I have several plans to propose which if they meet with aprobation will need particular direction.

In consequence of a plan concerted between Capn Dayton & myself, one Parcell, who was second in command of a Gang of Picarooners which had of late much infested this part of the Country; was influenced, to conduct from [Stratten] Island on the night of the first Inst. as many of his Corps as possible; (had it not been for an accident, there would have been twenty) four out of seven which came, were taken, & one other was killed by a party of inhabitants residing in & near this place, under command of Capt. Dayton.

Owing to information received from this Parcell one Oliver a notorious Villian & chief of the gang was on the same night seized at Rhaway (where he had been ten days concealed without a party;) as was also their Gun boat.

I think from all circumstances, & it is also the wish of the People here that he should be considered & treated as a spy, & beg if your Excellency sees proper that a court of enquiry may be ordered, as soon as possible as there is danger of his making his escape.

This affair will I doubt not add much to the peace & security of this neighbourhood & will in a great measure, check the illicit trade, which was much protectd & encouraged by these Villians. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys most obedt humble servt

M. Ogden

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