George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major Benjamin Tallmadge, 13 August 1780

To Major Benjamin Tallmadge

Head Quarters Orange Town 13th August 1780


Your Letter of Yesterday, with the enclousures has this Moment come to hand by Express.

You are undoubtedly right in your conjecture of the Author of the Letter addressed to Major DeLancey, the contents of which were suggested to him for communication.1

Notwithstanding any indiscretion of the person, in question, he may be employed to valuable purposes, and I am sufficiently apprized of the circumstances, to prevent his doing any injury.

At the same time I applaud your zeal & attention in attempting to detect the intercourse; I wish him to be suffered to pursue the line of conduct he is now prosecuting. And that by keeping the late matter to yourself as far as practicable, this2 plan may not be frustrated. I am with esteem Your Most Obed. & Hble Servt

Go. Washington

Df, in David Humphreys’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Humphreys interlined the previous two words after striking out the words: “as order[s] to be communicated to the Enemy.”

2At this point, Humphreys wrote and then crossed out “channel of intelligence may not be interrupted.”

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