George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 13 September 1780

Lower Salem Septr 13th 1780


I have the honor to enclose Dispatches from the C——s which have this moment come to hand—As C—— Junr was an Answer in Part to my last on the Plan of our Future Correspondence, it was necessary for me to decipher it—Your Excellency will observe what he writes respecting his Services, & as he informs he can shorten the route on Certain Conditions, Your Excellency’s assurances will regulate his future Services—Thus much I can observe respecting the Man, he is a Gentleman of business, of Education & honor—C—— Seniors frequent Expresses to N.Y. for the Papers which are forwarded to your Excellency, & to resolve Questions proposed by other Genl Officers, at other Periods has expended the Money which has been furnished him, as We were considerably in arrears when the last money was handed him—I have just engaged a Man to bring letters from N.Y. via Kingsbridge if necessary; but cannot as yet tell whether C—— Junr will deliver him dispatches—His Name & Services I believe are well known to Your Excellency.

I Recd Major Humphrey’s Letter of the 11th the last Evening, & immediately wrote to have the boat cross, which I am confident will not be delayed only by the present heavy wind & rain—Your Excellency may depend on my Exertions in the matter.

I shall fold this letter very small to prevent being discovered if the Express should chance be taken. I have the Honor to be, with the highest Esteem, Sir, Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt

Benja: Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


12 September 1780


Yours of 29th August came to hand and observe the contents. Since my last the 17 D: have removed to Smith Town, and encamped in Wido Bledenburgs Orchard it is Said they will Stay there 12 days but very uncertain. No one expectd they would move from Setauket So Soon. Coll Birch hath left the Regt—and is appointed Commodant of New York. Capt. Archdale Commands the Regt—I must Call on you for more Cash haveing advanced considerable to carry it on—Inclosed you have C. Jur dispach no verbal accounts in Great hast am yours &c.

Saml Culper

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