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Letter from Colonel Livingston to Governour Trumbull, enclosing an intercepted letter from Obadiah Jones to Uriah Rogers, dated Southampton, September 13


Saybrook, September 15, 1776.

MAY IT PLEASE TOUR HONOUR: The above letter is a copy of one just now intercepted; though no name is signed, yet from the style and character I am at no loss the author to be Mr˙ Obadiah Jones, of Southampton.

Our men are embarking in order to proceed for Long-Island. Your answer by Lieutenant Haven is the only thing that detains me.

I remain, with respect and esteem, your Honour' s most obedient, humble servant,


To his Honour Governour Trumbull.

P˙ S˙ The prisoner I have now in custody has been guilty of holding an intercourse with our enemies — a crime which is declared death in the State of New-York. A parole, therefore, in my opinion, ought by no means to be taken.