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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Matthias Ogden re: plan to capture Prince William Henry and Admiral Digby

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04386 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Morristown, NJ Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 March 1782 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Approving a plan to capture (or kidnap) the future William IV but advising Ogden to treat them with respect and warning him (in a postscript) to avoid touching neutral ground. Boatner's Encyclopedia of the American Revolution notes the plan was compromised and abandoned. A docket on the verso indicates that the letter was shown by Louis W. Lane before 1838 [sic?] to King William who remarked: "I am obliged to General Washington for his humanity, but I'm damn'd glad I didn't give him an opportunity of exercising it towards me." (Also see related GLC 7436, a "Vue d'Optique" print of the arrival of Prince William Henry ("Quillaume [sic] Henry") in New York.)

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Ogden, Matthias, d. 1791.
William IV, King of Great Britain, 1765-1837.
Digby, Robert, 1732-1815.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Neutrality, Prisoner

Sub Era: The War for Independence