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i know i save so many pictures of the same thing but theres such a simple elegance and beauty to this image, and it seems to be untarnished by repetition


"Black Chambers" operations were set up in two locations in New York by George Washington. British mail was delivered by a spy courier to the Americans, often General Philip Schuyler. The stamp in the seal would be duplicated, the letter opened and if needed transcribed, and the letter resealed using the duplicate seal.

American General Philip Schuyler's country house was burned by the retreating British. The restored home is part of the Saratoga National Historic Park.