Robert Townsend's business ledgers

Description

These pages from Robert Townsend's business ledgers establish a pattern of large cash withdrawals timed at the same time as the Culpers reported key information.

Collector(s)

This page of Robert Townsend's ledgers places Abraham Woodhull in Townsend's store on several dates in August, September, October, and December 1779. This corresponds with patterns in the Culper dispatches, for example, one of Townsend's last…

This page of Robert Townsend's ledgers places Abraham Woodhull in Townsend's store on several dates in August and October of 1779, along with a date in March 1780. This corresponds with patterns in the Culper dispatches, and it suggests that by the…

This page of Robert Townsend's ledgers places Abraham Woodhull in Townsend's store on July 15, 1779. This corresponds with a period of Culper dispatches, and suggests Woodhull was probably in the store to pick up dispatches during this point. In the…

This page of Robert Townsend's ledgers connect Abraham Woodhull to Townsend's store just before he wrote about planning to travel to New York City referring to "the assistance of a lady of my acquaintance" on August 15, 1779. This ledger also shows a…

This page from August of 1779 shows a pattern developing where large amounts of cash are moved in Robert Townsend's father's name, including a very similar amount in two entries, followed immediately by Woodhull's name. When Robert's father Samuel…