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Letter from Thaddeus Burr to General Wash ington requesting his orders respecting Mr.Gale now under his charge, in the prison at Fairfield, Connecticut



Fairfield, April 19, 1776.

SIR: While General Lee was at New-York, Mr˙ Benjamin Gale, by his order, was taken up as a Tory, and sent to Colonel Waterbury, with orders to send him to Connecticut, there to be confined. In consequence of which orders, the Colonel sent him to me; since which he has been confined to my Jail till within a day or two, when I received the enclosed resolution of the New-York Congress. He is now out upon his parole of honour. You will observe that the resolve of Congress is directed to the Chairman of our Committee, who think they have nothing to do with it, and will not act upon it. I therefore send you, enclosed, the letter upon which he was taken up, (which, by the way, Mr˙ Gale says he never wrote;) also, Colonel Waterbury' s orders and the resolves of Congress, that I may have your directions in the affair. Mr˙ Gale is an Englishman, a gentleman of good education, and possessed of high notions in favour of his native country; is frank and open in declaring his sentiments, but says he never has, nor will be active against the Colonies.

I confess it appears to me a little extraordinary that General Lee should take up a man upon so slight evidence, and send him out of the Colony, unheard. But of this your Excellency will judge; and I hope to have your directions as soon as may be.

I have the honour to be, with the highest esteem, your Excellency' s most obedient, humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.