I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, becomes honorable by being necessary.
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Source Notes: Source: Captain NATHAN HALE, remark to his friend, Captain William Hull, who attempted to dissuade him from volunteering for spy duty, early September 1776.Isaac William Stuart, Life of Captain Nathan Hale, p. 94 .While General Washington desperately needed someone to provide information on the strength and location of the enemy, he could not command someone to be a spy. He needed a paid spy or a volunteer. Hale was the sole volunteer. At the end of his mission, Hale was captured by the British and hanged on September 22, 1776. He was twenty-one years old.See also No. 1304.
Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755September 22, 1776) was a captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Hale was most famous for his service as a spy; he volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission and was caught and executed. Hale has long been considered an American hero, and in 1985 he was officially designated the State Hero of Connecticut. A large statue of Hale is located outside the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.