George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Nathaniel Peabody, 5 December 1782

Head Quarters Newburgh Decr 5th 1782


I have duly received your favor of the 27th of Novr.

For some time past, I have been fully persuaded, that the British, had been tampering by their Emissaries with some Individuals within our Lines, and that a very improper & dangerous communication had been kept up between the Enemy in Canada & the District of Vermont—I was in expectation that Lieut. Colonel Johnson could have fixed the charge incontestably on particular Characters, but as this is not the case at present, I have requested him to give any farther, or more specific information he may recollect or obtain to President Weare or yourself; that, upon full proof being had of the transactions & of the Agents in this business, adequate measures may be taken to put a period to such unwarrantable practices as those alluded to; as well as to punish the Perpetrators.

Whenever any certain demonstration of facts is made, I shall be glad to be informed; and in the meantime I am with great regard Sir Your Most Obedt Servt

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