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New Jersey Volunteers
Duer to Malcolm

Rhinebeck Augt. 7th 1780


I esteem it my Duty to inform you that there is a certain Lt. MOODY now at Fish Kill a Lt. in the Enemy’s New Levies, who was taken up lately in Jerseys with a Commission and Instructions from Genl. KNIPHAUSEN to seize Govr. Livingston.

Notwithstanding several other Circumstances which I am informed from good Authority Govr. Livingston is acquainted with, he is now on his Parole and will probably soon make his Escape from the Enemy [sic—to] the Enemy and thereby Escape the fate he so richly deserves of being hanged as a Spy.

I am informed this Person was sent off in a hurry to West Point at the Time our Army was moving from which Circumstance I presume the particular Circumstances of his Capture are not communicated.

As I know your Zeal in every matter which may effect the public Safety, I am sensible it will be sufficient to mention what I have to induce you to give Orders for securing this Person ‘till he can be tried by proper Authority.

As soon as this is effected Governor Livingston will I am sure be obliged to you if you will give him notice as he apprehends at present he has made his Escape.

I am Sir, Your Obedt. Humble
Wm. Duer

Col. Malcolm      Commg. Officer at West Point

New-York Historical Society, Lamb Papers, Reel 2, folio 88.

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