George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 10 August 1781

Head Quarters Dobbs’s ferry August 10th 1781

Dear Sir

An Anxiety for your Excellency’s safety induces me to transmit a report, I lately rec’d from New York, though it may not in reallity have a sufficient foundation, still caution on the subject may not be improper.

I am informed that George Harden, James Kilty, one Bice of Dutchess County and a fourth person whose name is not noted, are promised a very considerable reward if they will sieze your person and conduct you to New York.

The places to which these fellows resort, (together with Richard Smith (son of Claudius Smith) and Isaac Sissis a Mulatto, who are both also traversing the Country[)] are at a Patrick McDonnalds above the High Lands, at Galloway’s son in law to Austin Smith, at Fletcher Mathews’s and his fathers, at Colemans Unckle to Richard Smith; and at the Rumney’s one or both whome are brothers by Law to Claudius Smith.

Your Excellency will judge of the propriety of having those places watch’d, as also John Heffering at Murder[s] Creeck who it is said serves as a pilot to convey people from McDonalds through the Mountains below Soverign’s Tavern on their way to New York. With wishes for your personal Safety, I am with great esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Humbl. Servt

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