George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Matthias Ogden, 4 April 1782

4 April 1782

The Memorial of Lewis Costigin formerly a Lieutenant in the Jersey Line Most respectfully Sheweth,

That your Memorialist was taken Prisoner by the Enemy in the Month of January 1777 and continued in Captivity untill the 17th of Sepr 1778. That your Memoralist was prevailed upon by the Solicitations of Major General Lord Sterling & Colonel Ogden To Stay in the City of New York after his Exchange for the Space of four Months, in order to procure & send out information respecting the movements of the Enemy.

That your Memoralist flatters himself he has in this way been of essential Service to his Country & has faithfully from time to time during the said four Months conveyed usefull intelligence to the Officers of the American Army, as by the Certificate of Colonel Ogden, herewith handed To your Excellency very fully appears, That during the Continuance of your Memorialist within the British Lines for the four Months above mentioned, he necessarily was put to great Expences, his Board being excessively high, and being Obliged to spend money frequently in order to procure the wished for information respecting the Designs of the Enemy of which Expences your Memoralist begs leave herewith to lay before your Excellency a Just & true Account: That your Memoralist Doubts not but your Excellency will take his Case in Consideration & as he has undergone these Expences in consequence of the request of the Officers aforesaid, & solely to answer beneficial purposes to his Country, will order him such Compensation as his services in your Excellencys Opinion have Justly merited; & your Memoralist as in Duty bound shall ever Pray.

United States of America

To Lewis Costigin Dr.
To my Board at New York
after being Exchanged as a
prisoner and Remained there
by order & Desire of Major Genl
Lord Sterling & Collo. Odgen from
the 17th Sepr 1778 to the 17th January
1779—16 Weeks at halfe Johanns. per week 48.
To sundry Expences during said time
in Procuring & encouraging Persons
to furnish me with Intelligence,
and in sending the intelligence
procured to the America Lines 65.
£ 113. 0. 0

Matthias Ogden’s Certificate, 4 April 1782, not transcribed.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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