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From George Washington to Henry Knox, 30 March 1782

York Hutts 30th Mar. 1782

My dear Sir,

You are too well acquainted with my opinion of certain characters in this State—especially one whom I am told is now an attendant on you at Elizabeth Town—to need a repetition of it at this time; but I wish it were possible for you to guard your Colleague against the arts, & the disadvantages which certainly will result from a free intercourse of Sentiments with the person I allude to, on points, the knowledge of which, can avail the B. Commissioners.

I have every reason short of positive proof, to believe the person here meant, is a traitor to this Country—that he is in pay of the enemy—and that every piece of information which he can extract from Mr [  ] will be communicated to the Comrs on the other side—Judge then how far you will be able to carry points that depend upon secrecy, address, & good management. You will be, I have no doubt, attended by other persons of similar characters—but none, for obvious reasons, so dangerous.

You will readily perceive that this is a confidential letter, written for the best of purposes—I need not add how much I am. Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt & Affecte Servt

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