George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 26 September 1780

To George Clinton

Head Quarters Robinsons Sepr 26th 1780

Dear sir

I arrived here yesterday on my return from an interview with the French General and Admiral1 and have been witness to a scene of treason as shocking as it was unexpected—General Arnold from every circumstance had entered into a plot for sacrificing West Point. He had an interview with Major Andre the British Adjutant General last Week at Jos; Smiths where the plan was concerted; by an extraordinary concurrence of incidents, Andre was taken on his return with several papers in Arnolds handwriting that proved the treason.2 The latter unluckely got notice of it before I did—went immediately down the river got on bord the Vulture which brought up And⟨re⟩ and proceeded to New York.3

I found the post in the most critical condition and have been taking measures to give it security which I hope will be to night effectual.4 With the greatest respect & regard I have the honor to be Your most Obt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. Smith is also in our possession and has confessed facts sufficient to establish his guilt.5

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