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Story of John Champe
Part Two
Published By
The Historical Society of Hudson County, NJ


Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Andre thereupon submitted to his fate, and his captors, with their prisoner, started for the nearest American post, about twelve miles distant. On their arrival they delivered their prisoner, with the papers found upon him, to its commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jameson, who at once recognized the handwriting of Arnold. Realizing the treasonable character of the papers, he sent them by express to General Washington, whom he supposed was still at Hartford, but who was now on his way to West Point. Andre, still under his assumed name of Anderson, recognizing the danger of his co-conspirator, asked that the commander at West Point be informed "of the capture and detention of John Anderson, although bearing his duly signed passport."

Unfortunately, Colonel Jameson complied with his request, and his communication containing the news of such arrest, and that the papers found upon the person of the prisoner had been sent to Washington, was delivered by special messenger to Arnold while sitting at the breakfast table at which Washington was momentarily expected. Asking permission to open the letter, Arnold at once perceived that all his nefarious plans had come to naught. By what must have been a tremendous effort of self-control, apologizing to his guests, Arnold beckoned to his wife and with her leaving the room, informed her that he must at once flee for his life, as he was a ruined man. The shock rendered her unconscious; calling for assistance, he mounted the horse of the messenger who had just delivered the letter, and telling his guests he must hasten to West Point to prepare for the reception of the Commander-in-Chief, he rode hastily to the landing place at the river bank and boarded his barge stationed there. Ordering his men to pull at once with all speed down the river, saying he must hasten his return to receive the Commander-in-Chief at West Point, he passed through the Highlands and boarded the British sloop of war, The Vulture, which was anchored a few miles below.


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