. . . While the British were in possession of New-York, Major Andre undertook to negotiate for the surrender of the military post of West Point. Repairing thither, he made the desired arrangements with the infamous Gen. Arnold. When on his way, returning to New-York, he was met by Paulding, Williams, and Van Wert, three simple yeomen, who happened to be near Tarry Town. . . . He soon appeared in sight, he was hailed, but giving rather an unsatisfactory account of himself, they proceeded to search him, when they found, concealed in his boots, several papers, . . . They determined to retain him prisoner. Andre then . . . made promises of very tempting rewards, if they would suffer him to get safely to New-York. Our incorruptible Americans disdainfully refused them all, and they accordingly led him a prisoner to the American camP. The picture represents the critical moment, when the papers, which proved to be plans, &c. of the fortifications of West Point, furnished by Arnold, are discovered. . . . The picture represents Andre as a very interesting young man, his costume neat and tasteful, . . . His boots are drawn, lying near him his right leg bare. . . . His captors, having but just made discovery of the concealed papers, press around the prisoner. [P. 12.]
Catalogue of Articles on Exhibition at the Second Annual Fair of the South-Carolina Institute, at the Military Hall, November, 1850. Charleston, S.C.: Steam-Power Press of Walker & James, Nos. 101 and 103 East-Bay. 1850.