A New Discovery at the Long Island Museum:

The Culper Spy Letter

Jonathan Olly, Curator at the Long Island Museum, holds the ledger of accession records where he discovered the entry describing the letter written by Continental Army Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge.
In August 2020 the Long Island Museum discovered an uncatalogued Culper Spy Ring letter in its collections. Acquired by the Museum in December 1951, the handwritten double-sided letter measures 9 3/16” x 7 5/8”, is dated November 8, 1779, and is from Benjamin Tallmadge (using his alias, John Bolton) to Robert Townsend (alias, Samuel Culper Jr.).
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. The LIM is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more admission cost and other information visit: longislandmuseum.org


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