George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 8 May 1780

Wethersfield May 8th 1780


I have the honour to enclose to Your Excellency a Line from C—. At his earnest request I have lately had an interview with him at Setauket, who informs that C. Junr, who resides at N.Y., has of late declined assisting him. Even C. Senior grows timid, & thinks the intercourse had better be dropt for the present, & if any movements of Consequence should be in Contemplation he will renew his Services at any time. He wishes however to be informed of some Person at N.Y. whom he may Confidentially trust in the business. If Mr Duchie, or Mr Mulligan, have ever done any thing in this way, he would be obliged by a hint of it. C— informs that C. junr has wrote your Excellency some time ago, that he proposed laying aside the business for the present. C. Supposed that the Boat crossing at such regular periods has given Cause for Suspicion, & for this reason would be glad (if nothing very important requires his attention in his former employment) not to have the Boat cross immediately. The next appointment is on the 24th of May inst., By which time I hope to be hond with a Line from Your Excellency on the Subject,— that I may reply to C— by the [   ] Conveyance. I have the honour to be your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Jno. Bolton Benjamin Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


No. 4

Setauket May 4th 1780


I have had an interview with Culper Junior—And am Sorry to find he declines Serveing any longer as hinted in my last—If any Person can be Pointed out by 711 George Washington—at N.Y.—who can be Safely relyed on to Supply C. Jur Place I will make myself known to him, And Settle a Plan for the Purpose—C. Jur will nevertheless afford every assistance in his Power, & give verbal information as he can collect. I have recd 20 Guinies Sometime ago, which you Sent me & with them have been Paying off the expences already accrued, And find a ballance Still due me, As soon as Convenient could wish you to forward me an additional Sum—I have for some time Suspected that Daniel Duehee [Duchee] living with Hugh Wallace has bene employd by 711—if this be the Case could wish to be informed of it: I Shall Probably See Jon Bolton this evening and therefore forbear, And Shall refer you to him, And am your &c.

Saml Culper

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