University Captures 1780 Letter from Washington to Spy Chief

June 2009
Military History;Jun/Jul2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p10
The article reports on a letter written by former U.S. President George Washington to Major Benjamin Tallmadge acquired by the Special Collections at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York from Christie's auction house. The letter was dated September 16, 1780 and refers to compensation for Manhattan merchant and spy agent Robert Townsend. The letter was sold for $60,000.


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