George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Tallmadge, 17 October 1780

Pines Bridge Octr 17th 80


I have this moment recd the inclosed from the C—s. As Circumstances have since turned out I wish I had met C— Junr as mentioned in my last to your Excellency.

C— has returned me five of the Guineas which I recd of your Excellency at Tappan, for reasons which are mentioned in his inclosed letter. I will forward them to Hd Qrs or otherwise dispose of them as I may be directed.

With respect to the Person mentioned in C— Senior’s letter, I really believe he is a very dangerous Man among us, and from the Charges adduced against him by C—, should suppose he ought to be apprehended. I am informed he has lately been to Rhode Island; his business may be guessed at. The Persons mentioned in C— Senior’s Letter, as friends to Aiglai Bqyim Guy Howell are the Brothers of the Person who had a Permit from Genl Parsons to Cross with Lt Brewster, but has since been prohibited agreeable to your Excellency’s orders though Me—I am very confident Genl Parsons was much deceived in the Man. I have the Honor to be with Great Regard, Sir, Your Most Obedt Servt

Benja. Tallmadge

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


14 October 1780


Yours of The 30th of Sept: & 6th of October are now before me, in answer to the first W——s assurances are as much as I could expect. When I conclude to open another route you shall be inform’d of it. I do not choose that the person you mention, or any other of his character, should call on me.

I am happy to think that Arnold does not know my name. However, no person has been taken up on his information. I was not much surprised at his conduct, for it was no more than I expected of him. Genl Clinton has introduced him to the General officers on parade as General Arnold in the British service; and he is much caressed by General Robinson. This will tend to gloss his character with the venal part of the army; but the independent part must hold him in contempt; and his name will stink to eternity with the generous of all party’s.

I never felt more sensibly for the death of a person whom I knew only by sight, and had heard converse, than I did for Major Andre, He was a most amiable character. General Clinton was inconsolable for some days; and the army in general and inhabitants were much exasperated, and think that General Washington must have been [distitute] of feeling or he would have saved him. I believe General Washington felt sincerely for him, and would have saved him if it could have been done with propriety.

The long time I have been out of Town prevents my giving you any information of consequence. The army which embarked last week, are generally supposed intended to make a diversion in Virginia or Cape Fear in No. Carolina, to favour Lord Cornwallis—they take but few Horses, but a number of Saddle &c., with an intention to mount a number of dismounted dragoons who are going with them. The Cork & English Fleets are, I expect, arrived by this. I hope and expect that all my letters are destroyed after they are perused. I am Yours &c.

Samuel Culper Junior


14 October 1780


Your favour of the 5th Instant hath bene duly received—And observe the contents—I am pleased with your intention of apprehending Aiglai Bqyim Guy Howell. Pray be active and vigilant to secure our Country No mans character Stands in better light with the Enemy. And hath bene a particular fraind of Tryons. And whilst rescued at his Native Town held a constant carespondence with Tryon & Coll Burch. He never faild in his request for favours when asked for. Could obtain permission for five Thousand Pounds worth of goods at one time. When others could not for fifty You may rest assured that Heathcot & Francis Muirson are his Bosom friends and know his heart. Not long Since Muirson told me he was very uneasy about him Said he had bene expected back for some time, asked me if I had not heard nothing about him, and desired if possible to inquire after him, Said this was the second time he had bene out in the Service of Goverment And was afraid he would be found out. He is largely indebt at New York And his departure appeard like one fleeing for refuge but it was all to Cloudy his villany. Arnolds affair hath now become an old Story, I am Sorry for the death of Major Andre but better So than to loose the Post, he was [seeking] your min. C. Jur is now with me and Shall refer you to his letter for intelligence I was in hopes you might have come and Seen him. I have inclosed you a receipt for fifteen gines. The other five pieces were two light and could not be of any Service to me two of which were Qurter Joes and have Sent them back again

S. Culper

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