George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Lovell, 11 March 1782

Boston March 11 1782


A very high Degree of Jealousy possesses the Breast of my Correspondent concerning the Insincerity of some of the Cabinet Council of Vermont in their present Conduct towards Congress: This Jealousy, manifest in every Conversation which I have had with him here should not however make me neglect to convey to your Excellency such Information as the inclosed, which, if corroborated by other Circumstances within [   ] knowledge, will doubtless affect some of your Arrangements for the ensuing Campaign in which and through Life I wish Prosperity and Honour may attend your Excellencys and am, Sir, your most humble Servant

James Lovell

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Newbury March 7th 1782


You may remember that I mentioned the Case of Capt. Thomas Johnson to you, the necessity of his being Exchanged in order to Prove the Treasonable Conduct of a number in Vermont, &c. I told you Johnson had the confidence of the Enemy in Canada and knew what had been transacted between them and Vermont. I am still further convinced, as Capt. Johnson has lately recived a letter from Canada and an answer Demanded which he complied with other ways he Supposed his Intent to make Discovery to us would be susspected by the Enemy, he Shew to a friend of the United States what he recived from and Sent to Canada, which was from the Enemy an enquiry whether an Expedition to Canada was Intended by us or any preparation therefor, how the people Stood as to a Union with them in Canada, Informing they Intended an Expedition early to Albany &c. Capt. Johnsons return was that he heard nothing of an Expedition by us to Canada, and that Affairs went on well in Vermont, in about a month doubtless other letters from Genll Haldeman will be Sent to Capt. Johnson, all letters and Copies will be kept, Capt. Johnson wishes his Exchange may Soon take place, his situation is really criticall, for without Genll Washingtons particular Directions he is Expossed to the Severest punnishment if he dos not Corrisspond the Enemy will Susspect him and he be Exposed to be sailed to Canada, by which we Shall loose his Evidence in Matters of the greatest Importance, I Send you this as no Private Corrispondance with the Enemy is admissable it is come to my knowledge and I wish to convey the same to the Commander in Chief, which I Dare not attempt by Publick part I wish any way left it may be Transmited to his Excelency Genll Washington the above anr arrived to me yesterday, & must leave the matter to your Direction, and am Sr your most obedient Humble Servant

Jacob Bayley

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