George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 2 June 1782

Highlands, June 2. 1782.

Dear General,

I forward one Thomas Gardner, who was taken up by an officer near Bedford, with the enclosed paper. He belongs to Cornwall in Connecticut. The other has been a deserter from the enemy—since taken a prisoner, as he says, made his escape from the enemy, and came off Long-island about three weeks ago. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Cornwall May 29 A.D. 1782

Thomas Gardener a Native of Ireland haveing left that place to visit his Friends on this Continent & the war commenceing prevented his return is now desireous to go to New York to enquire about his Family & see if he can obtain an Opportunity to return to his Native Land & then repair to this Town for a Time.

We the Subscribers recommend the Sd Gardener to the Commanding Officer at Horses Neck for a Permit if it is consistent to Pass from thence to New York & return by the first Flag He behaveing himself well. Signed by

Judah Kellogg Jus. Peace Authority

Edward Rogers Justice Peace

Edward Rogers Select

Andrew Young Men


Bedford June 1: 1782

To the Commanding Officer at Westpoint

Then took up the Within Named Thomas Gardner and dont think him a proper Person to pass this Post and do therefore Order him to West Point under Guard.

Azariah Tuttle Lt

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