Letter from George Washington about a "Contrivance for conveying Intelligence," March 15, 1777.
Morris Town March 15th, 1777
Since writing the Letter herewith, I received a Copy of a Letter from General Howe, transmitted me by General McDougal in which he very modestly makes a Proposition for Major Edminton’s being permitted to go to Canada.
Your own Reflections will immediately convince You of the Impropriety of Complying with, & Confirm what I before Suggested, that the whole has been a Contrivance for conveying Intelligence, & the scheme of going to Canada is evidently to be the bearer of some instructions to General Carleton. I must therefore desire that a positive Denial may be given to the proposal.
I am Sir Your Most Humble Serv[ant]
What was General Howe’s suggested contrivance?
Why would Washington advise against General Howe’s recommendation?
Does the letter suggest a polite conversation among gentlemen? Locate the vocabulary words that support this view.
What does Washington mean by the following statement? : “The whole has been a Contrivance for conveying Intelligence, & the scheme of going to Canada is evidently to be the bearer of some instructions to General Carleton.”
Divide students into small groups of 4. Each group will analyze the letter from General George Washington for content. Each group should pick a side to debate the differences of battle strategies. George Washington vs. General Howe
ELA: Develop a secret code. Write a letter in the code.