Letter from Isaac Elliott to General Washington: The Ministerial party have a post from New-York to the northward, as regularly as the other posts. Bennett, the General' s express, is suspected, by his frequenting disaffected houses, riding back roads, etc., to be either treacherous or an impostor



Fredericksburgh, July 3, 1776.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: Whereas at a meeting of the Committee of Fredericksburgh Precinct, July 3, 1776, a gentleman of character appeared before said Committee, and declared, voluntarily, that in a conversation with a disaffected person, he was told that the Ministerial party had a post ridden to the northward from New-York, to carry news, as constantly as the other posts; and that said post was lately gone to the northward, and that the fleet was not to do anything till he brought intelligence from the Ministerial Army in Canada; and as matters are now near a crisis, this Committee think themselves in duty bound to acquaint your Excellency of this intelligence, that every proper method maybe taken to intercept all such communications. And as one Mr˙ Bennett, who has ridden for some time, (and is now gone to the northward,) and says he is employed by General Washington to carry news, is suspected, by his frequenting disaffected houses, riding back roads, &c˙, to be either treacherous or an impostor, and in case he is not an honest man, we think that he may carry letters to disaffected persons superscribed to your Excellency.

By order of the Committee:


To General Washington, New-York.