Lot 5: (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) CLINTON, GEORGE. Autograph Letter Signed, "GeoClinton B. Genl," to Captain Woodhull,Platinum House
November 29, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "MARCH IN THE EXPEDIENT & MOST SECRET MANNER" (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) CLINTON, GEORGE. Autograph Letter Signed, "GeoClinton B. Genl," to Captain Woodhull, retained draft, explaining that Mr. Palmer has a large sum of Continental money and that he is with Nicholas Townsend both of whom are suspected of being Torys, and ordering him to seize Palmer and Townsend at Sterling and deliver them for examination. 1 page, tall 4to; moderate dampstaining overall, folds, docketing verso, remnants of prior mounting at right edge verso. (JMR) New Windsor, 15 January 1777
Notes: ". . . I am credibly informed that one Palmer has lately come from Long Island charged with a large Sum of Continental Money . . . and he is now at Mr. Nicholas Townsends at Sterling . . . . This Palmer is from a Part of the Country in Possession of the Enemy without a Pass & a notorious Tory . . . . You'll therefore . . . march in the expedient & most Secret Manner with your Company to Sterling seize & take the Persons and Papers of said Palmer & Townsend & bring them before me . . . to be examined . . . ."