Couple Donates Letters Of Revolutionary War Spy Townsend To Raynham Hall MuseumBreaking News
An Oyster Bay Cove couple who are supporters of the museum situated in the Townsend house recently donated two letters written by Townsend enclosed in a signed first-edition copy of a book about Washington's spies written by Long Island historian Morton Pennypacker. The letters have notes in the margins written by Pennypacker. They were acquired in an online auction.
It was Pennypacker who identified Townsend, who never spoke about his clandestine role, as being the spy Culper Jr., based on handwriting analysis.
Scott and Terri Greenfield, who donated the items, declined to comment on the amount they paid or other details.
But Sarah Abruzzi, the museum director, said, "It was very exciting. We didn't find out about it until it was already purchased. This would be the core of a very neat exhibit."
Raynham Hall already had a half-dozen Townsend letters and some of his business ledgers as well as two copies of Pennypacker's 1939 first edition of "General Washington's Spies on Long Island and in New York."
comments powered by Disqus
- ‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias
- New Yorker profiles activist who's drawing attention to lynchings
- Wisconsin GOP senator wants to replace history professors with Ken Burns videos
- UT removes Confederate inscription that it previously said would stay
- The man behind the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum
- Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices
- Renowned Israeli Holocaust Historian: ‘If I Were a British Jew, I’d Be Worried’
- Heather Ann Thompson pries loose the long-kept secrets of Attica in her new book
- Lonnie Bunch remembers his first day on the job as director of the new black history museum
- Speaker Ryan loves pseudo-historian David Barton