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To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 20 August 1780

North Castle Augt 20th 1780


Since my last I have made several attempts to open a Communication with C. Junr by the way of Oysterbay or Cow Neck. The Person whom I mentioned to Your Excellency as the properest Man to ingage, & secure C.’s Services, was once from home at N.Y. & last monday night I sent over an Officer who formerly resided at Oysterbay, but the Person in question was then too ill to be seen. I shall still pay attention to this matter, tho the Reffugee boats which frequently pass up & down the Sound makes crossing very dangerous.

Enclosed is a Letter from the Person who has for [a] long time bro’t dispatches from the C’s—Your Excellency will perceive he has been attacked by some of the Reffugee Boats. He requests more men, as may be seen by the enclosed. Your Excellency will please to direct me in the matter. There are several Continental Crews at Stamford & Horseneck, whose Duty I am unacquainted with. Perhaps one of these can be spared.

I am sorry Lt B—r was drove from L. I. so suddenly as dispatches from C. Junr were there waiting for him. I have the Honor to be Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benjn Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Fairfield Augt 18th 1780


I Came from Long Iseland this After Noon but have got Now Dispaches Culper has bin Down to Newyork I Wated till this Morning and he Was to Sent them by two oclock but before he Sent them I Was Attackd by Glover and Hoyght I Left one Man Taken and one Wounded. We killed one on the spot. The Man that Was takin Went After Water I shall Want Two Men before I Can Cross Agin I have got Now boates in fine order I Wish you Send Me Seven Men and I Engage to Take Sum of their boates Mister [Murison] Will give you A perticuler Account of our C[rews] Austin Told Me that Sir Henry Clinten Went Down to the East Eand of the Island on the Sixteenth. Dont fail to Let Me have Two C[rewes] if you Can of Continental Soldiers. With Respect your friend and Humle Servant

Caleb Brewster

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