American Revolutionary colonel (1754-1835) who was George Washington's chief of espionage during the war; he also had custody of Major Andre and walked him to the scaffold. ALS signed “Benj'n Tallmadge,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8 x 9.75, December 5, 1817. Letter to Congressman John P. Cushman, in part: "Maria & I returned yesterday from Warren where we spent our time very pleasantly at my Brothers. We were the more delighted, as there was a Collection of Clergymen who entertained us twice in public, & some of them thro' the Evening…The weather, has however, been pretty cold, accompanied by some snow." He goes on to write about a message "to contain the great principles of legislation for the Session," adding, "You will have quite enough of Congressional life by the time you have served out your Term." Addressed on the reverse in Tallmadge's hand. In very good to fine condition, with seal-related paper loss affecting the hinge.
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