Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Washington, George (1732-1799) to Benjamin Tallmadge

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03884 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Middle Brook, New Jersey Type: Letter signed Date: 5 February 1779 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 33.5 x 20.9 cm.

Notes that although the Culper spy ring [which he addresses as "he"] does not propose giving anymore information until the middle of March, he hopes if anything important comes up, he will be notified. Asks Tallmadge to communicate this. Samuel Culper was the code name for the spy network Tallmadge organized in New York City for Washington and in this letter, it is indicated as "C-- N.Y." Addressed to Tallmadge in the 2nd Regiment Light Dragoons, Durham, North Carolina. Severely foxed and discolored.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Head Quarters Middle Brook 5th: Febry 1779
Dear Sir
I have your favr. of the 28th ulto. inclosing C-- No. 7.
Altho' he does not at present purpose giving any further intelligence until the middle of March, yet I hope if any thing of importance should come to his knowledge in the mean time he will communicate it. If you have an opportunity of letting him know this, be pleased to signify it to him.
I am,
Your most obt. Servt.
Go: Washington
Major Talmadge

[docket]
Genl. Washington's
Letter 5th Feby. 79

[address leaf]
On public Service
To Major Talmadge
2d. Regt. Light Dragoons
[struck: Fairfield] [inserted: Durham]
Go: Washington

[overleaf]
Recd. 14th. Feby - 79

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources