Special Collections at Stony Brook University acquired two exciting American Revolutionary War-era letters authored by George Washington that document spy activities in Setauket, NY during 1779 and 1780. The letters can be viewed here online or in person by appointment.
Acquired through the generosity of Dr. Henry and Marsha Laufer, the letters laid the foundation for the establishment of a Long Island Historic Documents Collection. The collection includes primary and secondary source material on the history of Long Island from the earliest settlers through the present, with a strong emphasis on the period of the American Revolution through the War of 1812 (1764-1812).
George Washington letter, September 24, 1779
- view the George Washington letter, September 24, 1779 (recto)
- view the George Washington letter, September 24, 1779 (verso)
- finding aid
George Washington letter, September 16, 1780