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Mason, David (1726-1794) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00344 Author/Creator: Mason, David (1726-1794) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 June 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 18 x 15 cm.

Summary of Content: Lieutenant Colonel Mason relates intelligence from a private in the General's Guard named Lara Fraga, who claims several men in Captain Alexander Hamilton's company have enlisted in the "minesterall troops," meaning the Ministerial or British army. The currently detained private volunteered to identify them. This was part of the Continental Army's successful efforts to foil a Tory plot to capture or assassinate George Washington. The conspiracy was believed to have been organized by New York's governor, William Tryon, and the mayor of New York City, David Matthews. As many as eight of the conspirators were members of George Washington's personal guard, and one, Thomas Hickey, was hanged.

Full Transcript: [draft]
New York 6 Clock P.M. June 22
I just Recd Intelligence from a Gent in the City that one Lara Fraga Privat in the Genll Guard now under Confinemt Says ...that there is a Number of men in Captt Hamiltons Compy who have inlisted in the ministerall Troops which men he will point out if he Can See the Compy which I thought proper to Inform you [struck: I should have gone to the Genll But had no korse therefore]
I am with Respect
Yr David Mason
[address leaf]
To
Henry Knox Esqr
Collo Regt
Artillery
Present
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People: Mason, David, 1726-1794
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
Fraga, Lara, fl. 1776
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
Mathews, David, d. 1800

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryPresidentRevolutionary WarSpyingGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAssassinationsLoyalistTreasonContinental ArmyPrisoner

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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