George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel John Lamb, 26 September 1780

From Colonel John Lamb

Verplank’s Point [N.Y.] 26th Sepr 1780


Your favor of Yesterday, came duely to Hand. The Inclosed for Capt. Carns, I im[me]diately forwarded.1

I feel extremely happy that Smith is secured; and flatter myself that, every Villain, who is concerned in the iniquitous Scheme, will be discovered.

As your Excellency’s Letter makes no mention of André, I am afraid, he has escaped. And wish to be informed, if he is in safe Custody.2 I am, with Sentiments of the greatest Respect, Your Excellency’s Most Obdt Hume Servt.

LB, NHi: Lamb Letterbook.

Writing from the Light Infantry camp near Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on 30 Sept., Capt. George Fleming began a letter to Lamb at West Point: “A scarcity of Paper compels me to write on this scrap, which is not a quarter large enough to hold the Apostrophes, the late discovered Diabolical Scheme would induce me to make. Then it’s possible, for one of the bravest of Men, to be one of the greatest of Villains!!

“Andre & Jo. Smith are guarded here by a Company, & four Officers—there is constantly one of the Officers centinel over them. We daily expect they will be executed” (Dawson, Papers Concerning André description begins Henry B. Dawson, comp. Papers Concerning the Capture and Detention of Major John André. Yonkers, N.Y., 1866. description ends , 226; see also GW to Nathaniel Wade, 25 Sept., n.3, and Major John André’s Capture and Execution, 23 Sept.–7 Oct., editorial note).

1GW to Lamb, 25 Sept., has not been found, nor has its enclosure involving Capt. Patrick Carnes been identified.

2For GW’s reply to Lamb, see Document II.

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