2d Decem. 1784
Mr. Washington: First of all, greetings; I certainly dislike this use of such informal and crude manner in which to present my presence, but it must be done, as you very well know. I write to you because I have some information that might be usefull to you, & would like to present this information directly, as to not arouse suspicion of what I suspect is happening, &c.
There have been reports in the British trade routes, and old haunting areas that there have been some unusual disturbances in frequent murders upon their vessels; of course, they are quick to put the blame not on themselves. Many men have been reporting some sort of ghost that has devolved into taking the lives of others, but I am not inclined to believe such dribble. I suspect a stowaway has had unfortunate fun on their expense. This information I got from the Elder’s Guild here in this town; from whence they received it I know not. It was quite urgent that they plead that I write to you, as this matter seems to have divulged some sort of conspiring aspect among the general crew; and has seeped its way onto this land, across the sea. I, ultimately, am asking you to intercept any knowledge about the incidents and report back your findings so I might give the Elder’s Guild something to peer at.
At any rate, Silas is fine. We are getting by well in the place you managed to prepare for us, and again are very grateful.
Your humble servant, &c.
8th Decem. 1784.
Mr. Blackwell: I am inclined to perceive your correspondence in the most curious manner; indeed, I have heard of some disturbances in the British vessels; in all fact, I have heard of some disturbances here as well. I know not what to make of this development, but at any rate, I pray that you should inform your colleagues at the Elder’s Guild that I have indeed heard of such occurrences. They shan’t be alarmed.
Your humble servant, &c.
16th Decem. 1784.
Mr. Washington: The correspondence which I presented to my colleagues was found quite inadequate. They requested you to be more specific in your answers to their queries. Who, in fact, are these perpetrators? Why are they carrying on in the fashion that they are? Why are they murdering crew members? I understand that trade after the Revolution was on unstable footing; however, might that still be the case? We need more information if we are going to work together to rid out trade routes of these hooligans.
Yr humble serv. &c.
27th Decem. 1784
Mr. Blackwell: I regret that my information was not suitable for the Elders’ collective consideration. The question that you pose do indeed require answers and I am prepared to investigate into them.
In the meantime; pray tell: how is your Silas faring? What might he be up to? How is your quarters?
Your humb. Serv. &c.
5th Jan. 1785.
Mr. Washington: I am so very glad that you have decided to look into these matters; it is quite imperative, not only to me, but to the Elders’ Guild that we investigate these occurrences to the most thorough degree possible. I related the messages that you were to procure some information about these happenings quickly and in short order, which they seemed to be quite satisfied.
Unfortunately, because of slow response in what they had deemed a crisis situation, they have sent out a militia to investigate independent to your own. I apologize that this could not have been relayed sooner. I have complete faith that they will uncover what is happening to the British and American ships. Be not alarmed.
Yours always, & always your most obedient servant, &c.
9th Jan. 1785
Mr. Blackwell: I must say that I am nearly apoplectic that they decided to send their own militia to investigate. Under which pretense, pray tell, do they think that they might have jurisdiction? The British will laugh them off as a farce. They will not have to access to whatever they are hoping to procure. This shall all be in vain.
I apologize for such a scathing rebuttal, but I must reiterate that this decision was not a wise course of action, and I deplore this dubious account of arrogance on their behalf.
15th Jan. 1785.
Mr. Washington: Even though your scathing rebuttal was well aimed, that didn’t hinder the available information to be extracted by our militia. We certainly that you for your concern, but it was certainly not needed.
Unfortunately, what we found cannot be discussed here and must be discussed in person. Please forgive this inconvenience.
However, I must admit that something curious did come about this day.
Silas reported to me that a strange man visited him whilst he was in town last evening. He couldn’t decipher whom the man was, or what he wanted. He only left a scrap of paper that read ‘Tantalus’. If you understand what this means, pray tell. I am quite frightened, I admit, for his safety; this man seemed much more powerful than he, and you have studied our biology with earnest since we have met. Him being in pain or submitting unto death shall be the death of me also.
Your most humble servant, &c.
22d Jan. 1785.
My dear Lucius: I am quite in shock to hear the events that have transpired against you the nights past. I indeed have no inclination to decode what the strange man meant by the left scrap of paper, although you have my trust that I shall look into it personally. I understand your level of concern. We shall have this taken care of.
Yours, George Washington.
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