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Anthony Wayne wishes George Washington a Merry Christmas

Anthony Wayne wishes George Washington a Merry Christmas

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Expresses frustration with contradictory accounts from New York. Updates Washington on the movements of the British fleet and states that Benedict Arnold boarded one of the vessels. Reports that he does not know if they have sailed yet. Gives information on Arnold's activities and says he was definitely in New York on Saturday 23 December because he was seen by someone. Remarks that he is attempting to form an intelligence network, "I am endeavouring to form a Chain of Intelligence & will succeed if practicable - should any thing material turn up you may be assured of being Informed the soonest possible." Wishes him a Merry Christmas.
Expresses frustration with contradictory accounts from New York. Updates Washington on the movements of the British fleet and states that Benedict Arnold boarded one of the vessels. Reports that he does not know if they have sailed yet. Gives information on Arnold's activities and says he was definitely in New York on Saturday 23 December because he was seen by someone. Remarks that he is attempting to form an intelligence network, "I am endeavouring to form a Chain of Intelligence & will succeed if practicable - should any thing material turn up you may be assured of being Informed the soonest possible." Wishes him a Merry Christmas.

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Anthony Wayne to George Washington
Mount Kemble, New Jersey, 25 December 1780.Autograph letter signed, 4 pages.[
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]Mount Kemble 25
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Washington .Dear GeneralThe accounts from New York are so contradictory that very little Credit is to be given toanything we hear, the present (or late
 
) Embarkation (for it is yet a moot point) is the fourthalteration of Corps & Commanders, within these three weeks, which Induces me to believe thatthey only wish to amuse us, by some trifling Manoeuvre – or to mask the real Embarkation &Destination [
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]Upon the rec
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. of the Inclosed letters which was the night before last [2] last I dispatchedMajors Moore & Fishbourn to Elizabeth town to endeavour to [
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: of their sailing]They returned late last night, & report that 20 Transports with three Frigates fell downtowards the Hook the 20.
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that Col
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B Robinson & the Cartell Arnold went on board together, [
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: the same day] Simcoe Commands, but as I have not yet heard anyIntelligence from Amboy where a Constant look out is kept I am at a loss to Determine whether they have sailed or not – if they have they can be but few & their Compound [3] compound of Simcoes Robinson’s and one or two other trifling New raised CorpsI believe that Arnold was Certainly in New York a Saturday afternoon i.e. the 23.
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a person [
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] who was present when he enlisted three refugees from Bergen that day at threeOClock [
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: in the afternoon], came out the same Evening, with the Inclosed Queries, towhich he rec.
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a proper answer – I promise myself some Advantage not from his friendship or Virtue – but from his VillainyI don’t know where the boats are but have directed Col
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. Shreve to secure [4] secure themin his rear, if not not already in a safe position – 
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
GLC04863

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