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  Letter to Henry Knox, March 30, 1782
TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.055
George Washington. Letter signed: York Hutts, to Henry Knox, 1782 March 30. 1 p. + doc. & address leaf.

York Hutts 30th. Mar. 1782

My dear Sir,

You are too well acquainted with my opinion of certain characters in this State especially, one whom I am told is now an attendant on you at Elizabeth Town no need a repetition of it at this time; but I wish it were possible for you to guard your colleague against the arts, & the disadvantages which certainly will result from a free intercourse of Sentiments with the person I allude to, on points, the knowledge of which, can avail the B. Commissioners.

I have every reason short of positive proof, to believe the person here meant, is a traitor to this Country that he is in pay of the enemy and that every piece of information which he can extract from Mr.---- will be communicated to the Comrs. on the other side - judge then how far you will be able to carry points that depend on secresy, address, & good management.

You will be, I have no doubt, attended by other persons of similar character- but none, for obvious reasons so dangerous

You will readily perceive that this a confidential letter, written for the best of purposes I need not add how much I am

Dr Sir Yr. Most Obedt. &
Affecte. Servt
Go: Washington
Genl Knox

30 March 1782
[inserted diff. hand: Original
41 420 No 22
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Genl. Knox
Elizabeth Town

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 24, pp. 94-5. GLC 2437.52.150 is a duplicate of this document.