North Castle Octo. 4th 1780
I have the honor to inclose two Letters from the [ ] which, after being in pursuit of me for some days, while at Head Quarters, have just come to hand. It happens they contain nothing very material.
Since my Arrival at this Place, I am inform’d one of our Dragoons was taken, last Sunday, at Crompond. He had letters from Governor Trumbull, Col. Jameson &c. for your Excellency, which if recd will prove he was on the return, which [I] rather suppose was the Case. I have the Honor to be, with great Regard, Sir, Your Excellency’s most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
2 October 1780
Inclosed you have C. Jur Blank—Which I trust contains all that may be known in and about 727New York. And have only to mention the departure of the en 17 Dg from Smith Town and are now at Jerico, None but Coll Ludloes Regm. is at Loyds Neck, nor none except the en 17 Dg eastward of Jamaica a Number of Refugees have built a Block House on Jesse Arthurs Farm for the purpose of cutting Wood on the lands of Mr Treddle & Platt. Have just heard that 30 or 40 have taken Possession of Wm Smith Farm at Mastick Neck and doth much distress his Family, The latter may easily be Surprisd and retreat at your leisure—Queens Rangers is at Jamaica, Let 725Caleb Brewster, Come on again 462 October the 5—In the interim am your Most Obt Hume Servt
Words in square brackets are translations of code.
[Enclosed is a letter from Samuel Culper, Jr. to Tallmadge, 2 October 1780, written in invisible ink, and now illegible.]