“Lafayette and Hamilton formed a lifelong friendship. That became a triangle at the end of August with the arrival of John Laurens. Twenty-three years old, he also was a slender young man, whose head seemed large for his body. It carried a handsome face with a high brow, noble nose, and strong chin. His wide eyes, as blue as Hamilton’s, were set deep. His full mouth seemed always on the verge of a smile, from either amusement or arrogance, depending on the situation. He was almost as brilliant as Hamilton, but his mind was of a different order. While the one wanted to build a model world as if it was an engineering project, Laurens was on a crusade to improve mankind. He shared Hamilton and Lafayette’s lust for glory on the battlefield. Reckless as they were, neither matched Laurens’ tendency to lunge into the fight without thinking. They survived the war.He did not.”
- David A. Clary, Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship that Saved the Revolution
Hercules Mulligan may have took the measurements and information but he sure as hell didn't smuggle it
But you know who did? His slave, Cato.
Cato was a
courier and spy, helping gather and pass on vital intelligence to Hamilton,
their contact at Washington’s camp. He’d be sent to a shop with tailoring ads
to translate into German for the Hessian soldiers where he’d meet with a fellow
spy Heym Salomon. He would then return back with translations and information
which would be hidden in packages containing clothing.
tailor shop catered to high end British officers, many soldiers had seen Cato
running errands for him before and didn’t expect a black manto be the one passing intelligence on
George Washington. This meant he could cross the Hudson River without seeming
He was even
jailed and interrogated after some suspicions did arise about Hercules Mulligan’s
activities and the deliveries but didn’t
talk. He also was the one who delivered the messages which helped foil a
plan to kill George Washington.
Tl;dr – Cato
didn’t even get a single mention in Hamilton and because he was a slave he’s been
almost brushed out of history. Just know that he was every bit as important
as Hercules Mulligan and deserves to be known.
Laurens and Hamilton hit it off. Hamilton showed a strong attachment to the South Carolinian that he never demonstrated even to the woman he later married. When Laurens was absent, Lafayette filled his place in Hamilton’s affections. The three wrote gushy letters to each other. Hamilton routinely addressed Laurens as “my dear” and vowed his “love.”
David A. Clary, Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette and the Friendship that Saved the Revolution
george washington: had so many deadly diseases that no one knows how he survived to presidency. p sure it made him infertile. also basically caused the french and indian war by accident
thomas jefferson: was so obsessed with ruining aaron burr that he oversaw every part of his treason trial. made someone run back and forth between the courthouse and his home to keep him updated. is #inconsistent in his political ideas
james madison: dropped out of college bc of anxiety and lied about it, telling everyone he’d been studying independently. tried to save the south from total agricultural dominance but was stopped by hi bff Jeffyson who was hot for farmers
shocked everyone by doing the right thing and volunteered to be the lawyer for the soldiers in the boston masacre trial. when his wife wrote him a letter suggesting women may have rights in the new america, responded “that’s adorable” and probably told his friends
alexander hamilton: published letters under a pseudonym calling burr a ‘cataline’, a reference which implies mass murder, political conspiracy, and incestuous rape, because burr had taken his step-father’s senate seat #nochill
hercules mulligan: was somehow an effective spy despite being a very well known rebel (in every fucking comittee and member of sons of liberty) bc everyone loved his clothes SO much that they were willing to risk it. saved george washington from 2 assassinations mostly by accident.
aaron burr: major speculation about if he wore silk when he dueled with hamilton bc they thought it could deflect bullets. everyone though he had a haram and warned he’d steal your virgins and pretty boys
benedict arnold: betrayed his country bc sempai didn’t notice him; was constaly ignored for his victories, got lots of texts from washington of ‘who dis?’, and was probably mistaken for benjiman talmidge frequently.
baron von steubon: was too gay for europe. had a legit haram of pretty boys approved by president washington for his service in the war. is the reason one of adams’ sons ran across harvard yard naked.
nathan hale: worst spy ever who no one should have let outside. they say he was hanged bc he was a spy, but i’m pretty sure they were angry his last words were such a sick burn
ethan allan: not always furniture. came to fight and had the fucking BEST time, may not have even known what the war was about when he joined
paul revere: sybil ludington road twice as long, through the rain, and over rough terrain to tell the local militia british troops were coming. went on with her life knowing she was better than everyone else
abigail adams: is the reason vaccines happened in the US which, coincidentally, is the only thing that kept the american troops from dying outright. salty as fuck and would have been a better president than her husband