George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major Benjamin Tallmadge, 24 July 1780

To Major Benjamin Tallmadge

Head Quarters Bergen County 24th July 1780

Dear Sir

I yesterday recd your favr of the 22d with letters from the Culpers inclosed. I return you a Copy of that from Culper junr by which it appears that he does not incline to continue the correspondence.1

The old Gentleman may perhaps have it in his power now and then to give intelligence which may be material2—You will therefore be pleased to desire him to communicate any matters which appear important—such as the sailing of Troops—arrivals of reinforcements of Ships or Men—or any considerable change of the disposition of the enemy’s force. I am Dear Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I shall, by the first safe opportunity send you some Money.

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, CtLHi; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW is referring to Samuel Culper, Jr.’s “blank Letter” (see Tallmadge to GW, 22 July, n.3). The copy that GW enclosed with this letter has not been identified. For Culper, Jr.’s decision to continue his reports, see Tallmadge to GW, 10 August.

2GW is referring to Samuel Culper, Sr., the alias of spy Abraham Woodhull.

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