“Information from another quarter”: Washington writes to his spy master
January 20, 2016

Few things inspire curiosity like a George Washington letter…or a letter about spies. This past fall, a very generous donor presented to the New-York Historical Society a most interesting item: a George Washington letter about spies! Dated August 21, 1780, Washington writes to Major Benjamin Tallmadge regarding the Culper Spy Ring, one of Washington’s most successful intelligence-gathering networks during the American…

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A Spurious Thanksgiving
November 25, 2011

In 1900, The Century Co. published Colonial Days & Ways, by Helen Evertson Smith, a description of life in New York and Connecticut during that period. According to Smith, the book is largely derived from papers found  “tucked away under the eaves in old baskets of Indian make, or in open pine-wood boxes, and even in…

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