Mount Vernon welcomes author John A. Nagey to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington to discuss his book Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution, on May 21 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Benjamin Church, Jr. (1734–1778) was a respected medical man and civic leader in colonial Boston who was accused of being an agent for the British in the 1770s, providing compromising intelligence about the plans of the provincial leadership in Massachusetts, as well as important information from the meetings of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The question of whether Dr. Benjamin Church was working for the British has never been conclusively demonstrated, and remains among the mysteries of the American Revolution. Nagy has scoured original documents to establish the best case against Church, identifying previously unacknowledged correspondence, reports and coded letters. This fascinating and well-researched investigation into a centuries-old intrigue is an important contribution to American Revolution scholarship.
This book talk is free. Space is limited and attendees must register in advance online at MountVernon.org/BookSeries.