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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.00767
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0021] June-December 1779 
Title Benjamin Tallmadge to William Knox on the economy
Date 3 June 1779
Author Tallmadge, Benjamin (1754-1835)  
Recipient Knox, William  
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document
Content Description Relates that he enclosed to Samuel Broome of Boston a set of bills of exchange drawn by Captain [Simonot De Valcourt?] from Valcourt's father. Encloses an extract [from his contract with Broome], copying the information for Knox. Discusses the details of the contract. Writes, "The Depreciation of our paper money, & my wish to forward the Bills to France soon, makes it necessary to have some limited time that I may regulate some matters of foreign trade accordingly ... " Reports "I am happy to inform you that the Grand Army under Genl Washington are on their [march] for Fish Kills-" Also notes, "Ld. Stirling had flung his division into fort Arnold yesterday" (referring to William Alexander).
Subjects Finance  Bank of the US  Economics  Coins and Currency  France  Global History and Civics  Revolutionary War  Continental Army  Military History  President  
People Knox, William (1756-1795)  Tallmadge, Benjamin (1754-1835)  Alexander, William, Lord Stirling (1726-1783)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Fairfield, Connecticut
Theme The American Revolution; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Benjamin Tallmadge was George Washington's head intelligence officer operating out of New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. He organized the Culper Spy Ring, charged with infiltrating British-occupied New York. Some contemporary rumors suggested that Tallmadge's ring also uncovered Benedict Arnold's treachery, but this has not been proven. Tallmadge famously burned 300 tons of hay the British were stockpiling in Long Island to prepare for the winter of 1780-1781. He was also close friends and classmates with Nathan Hale. Fort Arnold was renamed Fort Clinton after Benedict Arnold's traitorous actions were revealed.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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