1780 GEORGE WASHINGTON LETTER (SIGNED)Invest Now
$150,000Initial Offering Marketing Cap
$20Initial Offering Share Price
01/2022Initial Offering Date
#GWLETTER is a handwritten letter from George Washington to his Director of Intelligence delivered in 1780. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington’s Director of Military Intelligence, Benjamin Tallmadge, was a master of espionage. His tactics were the stuff of movies, down to the invisible ink. Tallmadge and his ‘Culper Spy Ring’ prevented 6,000 British troops from landing in Newport and played a significant role in apprehending one of Benedict Arnold’s co-conspirators.
“In October 1778, with the Continental Army encamped outside British-occupied New York City, George Washington and Benjamin Tallmadge masterminded what would become the most successful and enduring espionage network of the war.”— INTEL.gov | April 2019
George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Major Washington is sent by Virginia's governor to deliver a message to the French, who were moving troops into British territory. After reaching the French post, Washington suffered a series of calamities on his return journey, forcing him to brave the freezing cold without shelter. His account of this trip is published and helps establish an international reputation for young George.
Acting as a volunteer aide to General Edward Braddock, Washington joins the French and Indian War. During a battle, Washington has two horses shot out from under him and later finds four bullet holes in his coat, earning him greater esteem among the military community and greater responsibility.
As General of the Continental Army, Washington leads his troops to Valley Forge, where they remain hunkered down for six months.
In an attempt to bolster the Continental Army’s espionage capabilities, Washington appoints Benjamin Tallmadge to the position of director of Military Intelligence, “with the objective of securing information on the British in New York City.
Tallmadge and his Culper Spy Ring prevent the British from landing 6,000 troops in Newport.
Washington addresses #GWLETTER to Tallmadge requesting an assessment of British troop-strength in the New York area.
British spy John André is captured by the Continental Army. André has provided a fake name, but Tallmadge is able to connect the spy to the treasonous Benedict Arnold.
Washington is elected the first President of the United States.
Washington passes away of a throat infection at his home at Mount Vernon.
Rally enters into an agreement to acquire #GWLETTER and offer it on the Rally platform.
Not a single member of Washington and Tallmadge’s espionage ring was ever unmasked and the Washington-Tallmadge spy ring was virtually unknown until 1929, upon discovery of their covert correspondence.Invest Now
|Initial Offering Share Price||$20|
|Number of Shares||7,500|
|Initial Offering Market Cap.||$150,000|
|Artifact Type||Handwritten Letter|
|Date||November 4, 1780|
|Provenance||Benjamin Tallmadge, Mayor of New York William Frederick Havemeyer and his descendants.|